Arabic Numbers Make it too Easy

Our Arabic number system, augmented with scientific notation, makes it easy to toss about large numbers with almost the same ease as the numbers 1 to 10. This masks from us the true enormity of things like the speed of light, the age of the universe, the age of the earth, the distance to the nearest galaxy, the number of molecules in a glass of water, the number of synapses in the human brain, the US debt…

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:70)