RE: Alpha Radiation [was Re: The Extinction Challenge (fwd)] (fwd)
Wed, 4 Aug 1999 14:20:57 -0700

Yes, you're right, I wasn't thinking. The online source I used ( said that a Joule was "107" ergs, when it meant "10^7". In the back of my mind I was puzzled over the fact that this wasn't a round number, but I thought I must have misremembered what an erg was.

Can't trust everything you find online, I guess.


> According to my usual on-line reference
> (, the correct conversion
> here is 1 erg = 2.39 x 10^-8 calorie, not 10^-2. That gives you a
> temperature change of only 0.0001 degrees C.
> Billy Brown, MCSE+I