Numbers worth caring about

… in one convenient place

Table of Contents


  1. Totality numbers
  2. Universe numbers
  3. Time numbers
  4. Biological numbers

It may be the case that myths, especially good geometry-based ones, express Real Truth. Relations of quantity, meanwhile, are surely really out there. Mathematical knowledge about things is real—two apples and two apples really does make four apples out there. Facts of magnitude are golden—thoroughly grasped by the subject, and really instantiated by the object(s).

So with that mighty introduction let me introduce … some numbers worth caring about.

I present them here in four domains of discourse. I can think of two—(1) the Totality or Urgrund (“all of reality all the way down”) and (2) the observable universe. Now we can ask two questions:

  1. What object quanta are certain to hold of the Totality—i.e., of the Urgrund, i.e., of all of reality all the way down.
  2. What object quanta are certain to hold of the observable universe?
  3. What time quanta are certain to hold of the observable universe?
  4. What object quanta are certain to hold of the human body?

1.
Totality numbers

In the TOTALITY (or Urgrund) there are —

  • Aleph-null universes.

2.
Universe numbers

In the observable (local) universe there are …

  • 11 (or 10, or 26) dimensions. A dimension is a way of variation in the position of particuloid matter (meaning wavicle-stuff—particulate matter plus physical energy-waves-smears, and plus the weird smears of probability, whatever that might even mean ontologically).
  •  10 million superclusters. A super cluster is the largest group type for galaxies. Galaxies occur first in groups that are gravitationally bound with each other, called galaxy groups, that contain 50 or fewer members. Galaxy collections larger than groups (that are still first-order clusterings) are called galaxy clusters. Groups and clusters are also clustered, and these are superclusters.
  • 200 billion – 2 trillion galaxies.
  • 1024 stars.
  • 1078 – 1082 atoms.

3.
Time numbers

  • 13.772 billions years have passed since the Big Bang.
  • The lower limit of electron lifespan: 6.6 * 1028 years (66,000 yottayears).
  • The half-lifespan of a proton: at least 1034 – 1035 years.

4.
Biological numbers

There are …

  • 1014 atoms in the average cell.
  • 7 * 1027 atoms in the average (70 kg) human.
  • 100 billon neurons in the human brain.
  • At least 1015 (1 quadrillion) synapses in the brain at its max (age three).