[extropy-chat] a nano question

Acy Stapp acy.stapp at gmail.com
Tue Apr 3 23:27:12 UTC 2007

The current American usage of 1 million as 1e6 and 1 billion as 1e9 is
expected to prevail but in the past parts of Europe including England
specified 1e6 as a milliard and 1e9 as a million. Perhaps your source
materials were of European origin.


This may be the source of the confusion.

On 4/3/07, pjmanney <pj at pj-manney.com> wrote:
> I have found a repeated discrepancy.  Is a nanometer a millionth or a
> billionth of a meter?  The US gov't papers all say a millionth (like the
> recent "The Future is Coming Sooner Than You Think" and its earlier gov't
> source material), but I have read a billionth in other places.
> And the answer is...?
> Thanks!
> PJ

Acy Stapp

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