Re: Humor: Years and light-years.

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Fri, 12 Sep 1997 00:30:35 -0500

Damien Broderick wrote:
> [sending via lucifer after bouncing from - gak!]
> At 08:16 PM 9/10/97 -0500, Eli wrote:
> >Or, moving light-years during a single advance (which presumably takes only a
> >few months to develop) would require a large Tau factor, meaning that you
> were
> >going close to the speed of light and time would slow down.
> Small Tau factor. Vanishingly small as you approach c. (Which is why Poul
> Anderson called his classic novel of a runaway Bussard starship *Tau Zero*.)
> Damien Broderick

I was actually thinking of 1/Tau, I suppose. It's easier to visualize a
billion, or a "factor of a billion", than a billionth.

--       Eliezer S. Yudkowsky

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