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ve found a lot of people claiming that [take your pick] has a number of combinations that is larger than the number of molecules in the known universe. Now, I know that there are a lot of ways to fold proteins or play the game go, but I was wondering roughly how many molecules this was.
How many molecules are there in the universe?
- Doug Grim (age 22)
Procrastinators Club, Chicago, IL, USA
Hi Doug. It was kind of strange to see a question from you. I don't
know if you know who this is, but check the pictures from our last few
shows to see if you recognize anyone. I couldn't find an answer to how
many molecules are in the universe, but here's a website that gives an
idea of how many atoms there are: Ask the Astronomer
Hope this helps!
(republished on 07/19/06)
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