Sunday, September 9, 2007

Size of Wikipedia on Paper

Ever wondered what Wikipedia will look like on paper. Wikipedia , an online encyclopedia that contains almost everything about anything in this world. The online editing , daily addition of data making it stronger and bigger day by day.
So what will it look like when its jotted down on paper. Think about it.
Nasty isnt it?? Sure it is. Well wikipedia itself has done that for you. Take a look below


For comparison, a normal sized man is standing besides. As per wikipedia
Using volumes 25cm high and 5cm thick (some 400 leaves), each page having two columns, each columns having 80 rows, and each row having 50 characters, ≈ 6MB per volume. As English Wikipedia has 4.4GB of text (October 2006) ≈ 750 volumes. Note that this is a conservative estimate, as it doesn't include images, tables, templates etc. which probably take up more surface than the text which describes them.
The grid has 1x1 meter squares, and the person should be 180 centimeters tall. It is actually silhouette of the man from the Pioneer plaques. I used volume and shelf sizes of some encyclopedias I have.
So thats huge...

For more .. visit : Size of Wikipedia
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