Wednesday, 22 February 2006

Macrocosmos; Microcosmos

The Universe as a Human Body:

Schramm's figures for relative abundances indicate that helium is about 25% by mass and hydrogen about 73% with all other elements constituting less than 2%
[NB, I assume this is non-dark-matter, 'baryonic' I believe it's called, because we don't really know just what the 'dark matter' is, if in fact it's there.]

If a person weighs, say, 80kg & <koff&> virtually none is Helium, there's a fair chunk of Hydrogen, as part of carbohydrates (sugars, starches, alcohols, etc), hydrocarbons (fatty stuff), and the rest &mdash; most of a body &mdash; is made up of the 2% of the universe that isn't either of those. But if I were 80kg, and also The Universe (not counting Dark Matter, which may be my deep secrets and despair, or unconscious mind, or perhaps my spirit or soul), 2% of me would be 1.6 kg (~3.5 lb). Maybe a forearm, or both forearms, or a leg below the knee? I wonder how long a chunk of intestines would weigh that (empty of course). Which would be all the elements and compounds we know apart from hydrogen & helium.

Should I mention that a fair chunk of every human body is non-human cells? Bacteria & protozoa that we carry about on & inside ourselves. Not a particularly large amount by weight, but a lot if you count each human cell as equivalent to a single bacterium or single-celled protozoan.

Also see ask_astro/answers/971113i.html (one of the answers in Goddard Space Centre's "Ask an Astrophysicist" section -

Cosmology - Birth and Death of the Universe astr103/CourseNotes/Ppt/ Lec09_pt2_cosmologyModern/ tsld001.htm

Significant Eras back to Big Bang

    Present era = 10 -20 x 109 years after big bang
    Matter era = <106 years after big bang
    Radiation era = 1 s to 106 years after big bang
    Lepton era = 10-4 to 1 s after big bang
    Hadron era = 10-4 to 10-23 s after big bang
    Quark era = 10-23 s to 10-43 s after big bang
    Planck era = earlier than 10-43 s

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Labour Music links (mp3, rm, midi, & links to lyrics):

Sheet Music to "International" (1870) : [PDF]

Esperanto version:

Listen to the most festive rendition of "The Internationale" ever ( [MP3] ), played by a Japanese band Soul Flower Mononoke Summit ( ). Sort of a Japanese Klezmer version. Here are the lyrics written in in Japanese sound/interjap2.GIF
( via Literary Montages)

This is a good source for the lyrics in parallel versions in several languages, including Asian ones.
The Internationale
(from )

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