How Many Pieces Of Paper Would Be Required To Print The Internet?
I saw this on MartketPlace, did some little homework and decided to share it with you all – Do you know how many pieces of paper would be required to print the Internet? I BET YOU DON’T KNOW! – I tried to think about it but failed miserably – However, a group of scientists came up with the exact number of papers that would be used – Are you ready for today’s Mathematics class? 😀
In order to work out how many pieces of paper would be required to print the Internet, students Evangeline Walker and George Harwood from the University of Leicester’s Centre for Interdisciplinary Science carried out a research to solve this problem, the first thing they considered was how many web pages the internet consisted of.
They used Wikipedia as a case study because of the large amount of data on that platform. They took ten random articles from Wikipedia, which provided an average of 15 pages required to print each article. They then multiplied this by the number of pages on Wikipedia alone — estimated to be roughly 4,723,991 (source) at the time of writing — which resulted in 70,859,865 paper pages. (Whew)
Applying this to the Internet and based on reports from World Web Size – The Indexed Internet contains at least 4.54 billion pages which correspond to a staggering 6.81 x 1010 paper pages. However, according to them this is a very conservative assumption, as many web pages could require a conservative estimate of as many as 100 paper pages. Therefore, an estimate of average paper pages per web pages on the Internet is estimated as at least 30 – this means:
4.54 × 109 × 30 = 136,200,000,000 sheets of A4 paper
So How Many Reams Of Paper Would That Be?
By dividing the number of paper pages required to print Wikipedia (70,859,865) by the amount of sheets of paper in each ream (500) the students suggest that 141,720 reams of paper would be required to print Wikipedia alone.
When you apply this to the 136,200,000,000 A4 paper of the internet, A total number of 272,400,000 reams of paper would be required to print the Internet (double WHEEEW)
I wonder how many pieces of paper would be used to print MissTechy – anyone, someone??? 🙁
In other related news: Can we all bow down to these smarty pants
Still waiting for the person that can tell me how many pages it would be needed to print MissTechy oh – don’t fail me Techites.