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Harry Potter V - Fun With Arithmetic
Friday, June 13, 2003
The new Harry Potter book is coming out in eight days. I just found out how long it would be. (Actually, I probably saw this when I pre-ordered it, but I had forgotten until now.)
According to the publisher, Scholastic:
IIRC, the first printing is sold out. So, we can expect, in the few days after release, over six million people will read a over a quarter million words each. Multiplying, we get 1,734,000,000,000, which is a little over 1.7 trillion words read.
Assuming the average length of each word is 4 letters, each book contains a little over a megabyte of information. (Yes, I'm playing fast and loose with how a book is represented.) That means that, in the days and weeks following the release, over 6 terabytes of information will be downloaded from these books into people's minds, in a reasonably compressed form.
I'm going to stop here, as I seem further from making a point than I was when I started.
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