[ExI] thick and thicker

Bryan Bishop kanzure at gmail.com
Wed Feb 20 23:28:21 UTC 2008

On Wednesday 20 February 2008, Damien Broderick wrote:
> "We were tossing around ideas about the size of
> the Galaxy, and thought we had better check the
> standard numbers that everyone uses," said
> Gaensler. "It took us just a few hours to
> calculate this for ourselves. We thought we had
> to be wrong, so we checked and rechecked and couldn't find any
> mistakes."

Yeah, and to how many hundreds of thousands of schools around the world 
were posters describing the size of the galaxy previously sent? In how 
many books has this previous figured been included and mentioned? This 
is a fairly "gee whiz" number that is popular among gee-whiz numbers. 
Look at how much impact the number has had. Now take a double check on 
how long it took a group of two or three guys to calculate another 
number. Anybody else getting the picture?  These small teams of 
thoughtful, dedicated individuals are how things get done.

- Bryan
Bryan Bishop

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