Thoughts on the Math Behind Homeopathy

Updated 1/1/2019

Ever wonder just how dilute homeopathic remedies actually are? One of our readers decided to put just how ridiculous it is into words. Check it out below:

So I had a thought just now that hurt my brain so much that I felt that I had to share it with you all.

The shortest possible length of time, according to science as we know it, is 1 unit of Planck time. That is to say, that there can be no shorter length of time (yes, it is quantized), than 5.3910632*10^-44 s (1 tP). With me so far? This is an unimaginably small number. 

The best guess, for the age of the universe as we know it is about 13.75 billion years or 4.339*10^17 seconds. This is an unimaginably huge number.

If you take this unimaginably huge number and divide it by the unimaginably small number, to get the age of the universe in units of Planck times, you get 8.049e60 tP.

This is an impossibly large number.

The standard dilution recommended for most homeopathic “medicine” by Hahnemann, one of the foremost quacks of homeopathy, is 60X. That is to say, one part in 10*10^60.

This is an even more impossibly large number.

If you counted, somehow, to the number of Planck times the universe as we know it has lasted, you’d only be 80% of the way there to this number.

Credit to SB reader Matthew Fulghum