Typing is what a monkey particle does.
February 1, 2011 7:10 PM Subscribe
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“I’m going to divide the universe into Planck-sized regions, and put a monkey in each one. You will ask what the monkey is made of, when nothing can be smaller than the Planck scale, and I will say that it is not made of anything – it is a single, fundamental monkey particle. One in every Planck sized region of space. These regions are very small - there will be nearly as many monkeys inside the space occupied by a single atom as there are atoms in the universe. And there will be monkeys in the spaces not occupied by atoms too. And they will type faster. How fast can a thing happen? Just as there is a shortest possible distance, there is a shortest possible time, and it’s called the Planck time." A look at the idea of an infinite number of monkeys at an infinite number of typewriters.Weimar: Art and Modernity
is a blog that mostly discusses art, but sometimes diverges in to other topics. This is one such time, where the author looks at the infinite monkey theorem
, especially with regards to the Borges story The Library of Babel
. Excerpted content about Planck-Monkeys is from here
, I believe.