Smallest Bible?

by Richard on December 29, 2007

Researchers at Haifa Institute of Technology reckon to haveprinted the world’s smallest Bible.

Researchers in Israel say they have succeeded in putting a version of the Bible on a chip smaller than a pinhead.

Its 300,000 words in Hebrew were inscribed on a silicon surface at the Haifa Institute of Technology.

Scientists say the aim of the project is to increase young people’s interest in nanoscience and nanotechnology.

The record for the smallest copy is held by a Bible measuring 2.8×3.4×1cm (1.1×1.3×0.4in), weighing 11.75g (0.4 ounces) and containing 1,514 pages.

The 0.5sq-mm (0.01sq-in) nano-Bible was written on a silicon surface covered with a thin layer of gold (20nanometres thick - 0.0002mm).

It was written using a device called Focused Ion Beam (Fib).

“When we send the particle beam toward a point on the surface, the gold atoms bounce off of this point, thus exposing the silicon layer underneath,” Ohad Zohar, one of the project’s managers at Technion, said.

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Kim 12.30.07 at 9:50 am

So the medieval debate moves on: How many Bibles can you fit on the head of a pin?


DH 12.31.07 at 4:23 pm

Well Kim, it is actually a new debate because the original debate has already been solved about the number of angels that could fit onto a pin. We know 1/3 of the angels were cast with satan at the fall. This predisposes that the number of angels is finite. The head of a pin is finite. So the answer to the original question all of them. With this debate about number of bibles on a pin. We don’t have an accurate number of all of them some have been lost, some have been destroyed so the number and determination is difficult. That is in lieu of a discussion of whether it is God’s will to put bibles and angels on pins. If it is not God’s will for angels and bibles to be on pins then the answer would be none because Holiness should always be included in the concept of omniscience, omnipotence, etc. If something is not 100% Holy then that something can’t claim to be omni-anything.

Just a little humorous interaction tongue and cheek but some truth there as well. :)

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