UF: What exactly does ‘instantaneous’ mean?

UF: What exactly does ‘instantaneous’ mean?

UF: What exactly does ‘instantaneous’ mean?

UF mathematics professor Kevin Knudson reflects on the notion that an instant means different things for a person, a redwood or a gnat, and that what’s infinitely small for one individual might be an entire lifetime for another, influencing his or her outlook on life.

How short is an “instant”? Is it a second? A tenth of a second? A microsecond? You might think all of these qualify. What about 100 years? That certainly doesn’t seem like an instant, and to a human being, it isn’t, since we’d be lucky to have a lifespan that long. But to a giant sequoia, say, 100 years is no big deal. And in geological terms it’s practically nothing.

Related posts

UNF physics lecturer receives U.S. Patent

Nirmalkumar Patel, a University of North Florida physics associate lecturer, received a U.S. Patent for…

UNF professor reports on returning to exercise post-pandemic, staying healthy in the new year

Dr. James Churilla, UNF professor and Exercise Science and Chronic Disease Graduate Program director, recently…

FIT Biochemist Studies Farming on Mars

Farming on Mars will be a lot harder than ‘The Martian’ made it seem.  Growing…