SM - Snail and Angel
A snail vs. an angel. While a snail is not commonly referred to as an
extraordinaryly fast being, it clearly beats the statue in terms of speed.
You might not expect this angel to move at all and noone would probably
doubt the reason of your expectation - or lack thereof. But what are
the reasons behind the relatively low estimated terminaly velocity of
... In case of the marble statue, molecules in solid marble are
continuously jostling against one another in random directions. The
jostlings of the different molecules cancel one another out, so the whole
hand of the statue stays still. But if, by sheer coincidence, all the
molecules just happened to move in the same direction at the same
moment, the hand would move. If they then all reversed direction at the
same moment the hand would move back. In this way it is possible for a
marble statue to wave at us. It could happen. The odds against such a
coincidence are unimaginably great but they are not incalculably great. A
physicist colleague has kindly calculated them for me. The number is so
large that the entire age of the universe so far is too short a time to write
out all the noughts! ...
Richard Dawkins in The Blind Watchmaker
Now think about that ...
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