Double yolks and the world’s smallest map

Scientists at the Photonics Research Group of Ghent University-IMEC have fabricated a world map on a scale of 1:1,000,000,000,000. Or, if you prefer, 1: 1 trillion.

http://photonics.intec.ugent.be/publications/MediaCoverage/2009-12-17/default.htm

This reminded TOTD of a discussion on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme this week about the odds of finding a double yolk egg in your egg box. There is some discussion here about what a trillion actually is.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_8492000/8492715.stm

TOTD found 3 double yolk eggs in one box just a few weeks ago.

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2 comments on “Double yolks and the world’s smallest map
  1. tc says:

    There’s a letter in The Times today (Thursday) which points out that the odds aren’t actually as exceptional as you might think (never mind whether it’s a old style trillion or an American one).

    Tim Hartford hints at this towards the end of his response.

  2. Emma says:

    I’ve not got my speakers attached at the moment – so can’t listen to the Radio extract – but was it the one where they went from the probability of getting a box of 6 double yolkers down from a trillion (old fashioned UK sort of trillion) to one, to about evens (by the time they’d got extra large eggs from a young hen, that the egg packers had sorted out to take home for themselves, then realised they didn’t need that many, so put them all in the same box!)
    It made me laugh as I was leaving the house yesterday!

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