November 1, 2009

Energy use in bombs

My bro and I, using far too much time and computers to track our awful math, have worked out that the Average American (using energy consumption numbers from 1995, gack) uses roughly 0.093 kilotonnes of TNT per year, or around 1/160 of a Hiroshima-sized atomic weapon.

By even worse and more likely to be incorrect math, a 15-kt detonation represents the amount of energy that 3000 people would use in the form of food over their lifetimes, assuming 75 yr lifespan and a 2,000 kcal/day diet.


Posted by jbz at November 1, 2009 1:56 PM | TrackBack

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