One Large | Many Small

These two concepts are easy to understand – it simply means that things can be either very big or very small and that what we call “large things” are in fact an aggregate of many smaller things.

What is also important to remember when calling something large or small is that it is always relative to the context, to the frame of reference. From the viewpoint of subatomic particles a molecule is “one large” and the particles “many small”. From the viewpoint of the earth, the people on it are “many small” and the earth itself “one large”. Yet from the standpoint of the Milky Way the earth is one of “many small”. So size is always relative. Nevertheless such general concepts are useful because they help to establish a clear picture in our minds.

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