Was clearing out closets over the weekend, and uncovered a past issue of New Yorker. Before discarding it to the recycle bin, i browsed through the content and read one article: “Heroes and Zeroes”. It is a book review on “Lords of Finance” which is about the world first batch of central bankers from countries like USA, UK, Germany and France.
The book and the review both sound just okay. But one sentence in the reviewer’s 2nd paragraph caught my eye. John Lanchester was trying to illustrate a point of how hard it is for ordinary people to grasp the difference figures in millions, billions and trillions.
A million seconds is less than twelve days; a billion is almost thirty-two years.
I think that’s by far the best illustration i’ve heard on the delta between a million and a billion.
Now that issue of New Yorker can go in the recycle bin. 🙂