Monday, April 13, 2009

How big is one trillion?

We need to get used to this

The BBC helps out:

"A million seconds is 11 days;

A billion seconds is around 32 years;

And a trillion therefore is 32,000 years"

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Another example of a trillion.

Deposit a million dollars a day into an account.

After a year the account would have 365 million dollars.

After a thousand years the account would have 365 billion dollars, ie a bit more than a third of a trillion dollars.

A this rate it would take 2740 years to accumulate a trillion dollars.

Peter Martin said...

So even if Christ had banked a million dollars (and many say he is still with us) he still wouldn't have a trillion.

Peter Parker said...

... and we'll have to get used to confusion between the British billion (a million million) and American billion (a thousand million)

I wonder which one the BBC uses, given that the American one seems to be more accepted

Peter Martin said...

The BBC uses the American billion - a thousand million - which seems to have become universal.

Peter Parker said...

And more to the point there's also American and British trillions!

http://www.askoxford.com/asktheexperts/faq/aboutwords/billion

Peter Martin said...

My gosh. The BBC is sticking with thousands - the accompanying graphic comes from the Beeb.

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