James Joyces’ Ulysses (a famously long book) contains 265,000 words
Formatted as a simple Word document without images it occupies 1.66 MB on my hard drive.
So, dividing 250 Gigabytes by 1.6 Megabytes: 250,000,000,000 ÷ 1,660,000
gives the answer: = 150,600 copies of Ulysses would fit onto the 250GB SSD

Let’s try to picture that: Weight
One copy of this nice Folio edition weighs 3.5 kg
Therefore that makes a total of 527,108 kg = 518 UK tons (about 100 elephants) fitting in the SSD

Shelf Space
One copy is 5 cm thick
That makes a total of 753,000 cm = 7.53 km of shelf space

Area of Paper
This Folio edition of Ulysses has 735 pages, each measuring 18 × 23.3 cm, that is 419.4 cm² (0.4194 m²)
0.4194 m² × 734 pages makes a total of 308 m² of typescript per copy (halved if you use both sides)
Therefore – Total area of paper required for the number of copies which would fit into the little SSD drive = 46,423,805 m²

There are one million square metres in one square kilometre, therefore it would require 46.4 km² of paper to store that amount of text.
That is a square 6.8 km on each side.

Here is a square of that size over central London (the fine grid lines on OS maps – just visible here – are 1km apart)

Wow! Or as the grandchildren would say, ‘awesome’.

These thoughts are not idle, John!! Perish the thought.
Actually, I tried it on some of the grandchildren this morning and they admitted it was hard to picture, but they still take these wonders somewhat for granted.
I suppose we take for granted the wonder that is a fruit fly, but the changes in memory storage (while battery technology has remained pretty static) are surely among the greatest wonders of the modern world.

Another person given to idle thoughts as the rains come down -we are sorting childrens’ scrapbook material from the last 30 years!!

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These thoughts are not idle, John!! Perish the thought.

Actually, I tried it on some of the grandchildren this morning and they admitted it was hard to picture, but they still take these wonders somewhat for granted.

I suppose we take for granted the wonder that is a fruit fly, but the changes in memory storage (while battery technology has remained pretty static) are surely among the greatest wonders of the modern world.

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The mind literally boggles!! Thank you for adding the elephants, I was about to give up at that point!

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Elephants are always popular. But they vary from 2 to 6 tons, so it’s hardly exact!

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