[R] Off Topic: teenie weenie numbers -- Was: Precision level

Liviu Andronic landronimirc at gmail.com
Sun May 2 23:44:46 CEST 2010

On 3/26/10, Bert Gunter <gunter.berton at gene.com> wrote:
>  represented) is important for numerical calculations, what is the smallest
>  number that anyone has actually seen describing physical phenomena in
>  science?
There was a recent article in The Economist ("The force is weak with
this one", Apr 22nd 2010, [1]) that described a team of scientists
detecting forces of 174yN (yoctonewtons), “yocto” being the smallest
prefix in SI and the measurement the smallest force ever detected.

[1] http://www.economist.com/science-technology/displaystory.cfm?story_id=15949079

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