Scientist Says eBooks Add Atomic Weight To eReaders
Advocates for eReaders like to tout the fact that you can use them to carry an entire library without straining your lower back, thanks to the magic of science.
But this pervasive myth has been smashed by UC Berkley computer science professor John Kubiatowicz, who said that eBooks do indeed add additional weight to your eReader.
Okay everyone, let's put on our science hats.
When you load a book to your Kindle (or eReader of choice), transistors in the flash memory use a trapped electron to distinguish between the binary digits of 0 and 1.
Now, according to Albert Einstein's theory of relativity (E=mc²), if something has energy, it has both mass and weight. Hence, the electrons that store your digital copy of A Shore Thing by Nicole 'Snooki' Pollizi posses both mass and weight (as well as shame).
Though, it's only about an atogram, or 10 to the -18th of a gram. The most powerful scales we have can only detect 10 to the -9th, which essentially means that you can't put a Kindle on a scale and weigh it after adding a bunch of books, which would be cool, but still. Thanks to the wonders of particle physics, we now know that, yes, eBooks do have weight.
That settles that.
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