Don’t Hold Your Breath

Our ape-brains boggle at the vastness of time.

“At 15:30:08 UTC on Sun, 4 December 292,277,026,596 64-bit versions of the Unix time stamp will cease to work, as it will overflow the largest value that can be held in a signed 64-bit number. This is not anticipated to pose a problem, as this is considerably longer than the time it would take the Sun to theoretically expand to a red giant and swallow the Earth.” (From Wikipedia)

Reminds me of a great quote from this interview:

Well, you might think that [a human] extinction occurring at the time of the heat death of the universe would be in some sense mature.

Physics is second only to Latin American authors in helping us understand the weirdness of time.

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