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hydrogenmodel.jpg
another simple information graphic depicting the distance between an electron & a proton of a hydrogen atom as pixels. 50 million pixels are positioned between a 1-pixel electron & a 1000-times larger proton. for a normal monitor screen, that should work out to a distance of 11 miles.
see also world population one.
[phrenopolis.com]

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In Wikipedia I read that the mass of a proton is 1836* the mass of an electron. The volume-information over there is not clear, and I know in quantum mechanics it's not like in 'our' world, but when the volume were also 1836* as big, a proton is about 12* as wide, 12* as high and 12* as deep. So this is not well visualised in this picture.

Fri 21 Jul 2006 at 10:12 AM

Shouldn't they credit NASA for their 'proton' which seems to be a picture of Neptune.
http://www.nasa.gov/worldbook/neptune_worldbook.html

Fri 21 Jul 2006 at 11:37 AM

this and the "world population: one" visualization don't really help me understand anything, but this one does make me wonder:

If I hold down one of the arrow buttons on my browser to scroll right, how many miles per hour does my browser go? I suppose I could set up my own measured web page to check, or I could just make a little macro to time it on this page.

Hrm.

Tue 17 Jul 2007 at 9:18 AM
tim
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