Spending Time Pondering Time

A couple of weeks ago I spent time pondering time. 24 hours a day is fixed; it can't be increased. For more than a year now I've been rising at 3:00am (sometimes between 3:00am and 3:30am). I'm rarely in bed at 4:00am.

Most of the time a second is a fleeting moment of time. I feel zero angst if I waste a second. But, just like pennies, seconds add up. There are only 86,400 seconds in a day. The duration (length) of a second cannot be increased, but there are infinite fractions of a second.

It's possible nanoworld is approaching, so I pondered about nanoseconds. One nanosecond is a billionth of a second; one second is a 1,000,000,000 nanoseconds.

Time format: HH:MM::SS.decimal_fraction_of_a_second

Nanowerk.com headline: "Attosecond electron catapult".

Yes, these days, in some contexts, a nanosecond is a huge chunk of time.

One attosecond is a billionth of a billionth of a second; one attosecond is a billionth of a nanosecond; one attosecond is a quintillionth of a second; one second is 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 attoseconds.

   "[...], the LAP-physicists studied silica nanospheres with diameters 
    of 50 to 550 nanometers. Depending on how many atoms were contained 
    in the nanoparticles, these objects reacted differently over 
    attosecond timescales." -- nanowerk.com

These days it seems as if the contexts in which a second is huge chunks is growing exponentially.


Creator: Gerald Thurman [gthurman@gmail.com]
Created: 23 August 2015