Worlds "Smallest" Font

Si_Daniels's picture

One photon wide type...

http://www.engadget.com/2007/01/21/researchers-condense-entire-image-int...

Didn't Linotronics do this in the fifties? ;-)

blank's picture

Dammit, I thought reading Baskerville was hard on paper...

Lex Kominek's picture

Is that Arial? I always knew scientists had no design sensibilities.

- Lex

EDIT: Although, I wouldn't mind if all Arial was this small.

Si_Daniels's picture

>Is that Arial? I always knew scientists had no design sensibilities.

You could post this to the ID forum.

>EDIT: Although, I wouldn’t mind if all Arial was this small.

Didn't you hear? A bunch of scientists invented scalable type ;-) it can be any size you like (or don't like) :-)

Don McCahill's picture

I think IBM researchers were able to arrange atoms or molecules into the IBM logo a few years back. Wouldn't that be smaller than a photon?
(I seriously don't know -- I wouldn't recognize a photon if I saw one.)

But I do know what a tittle is.

dezcom's picture

Is that better than the entire text of the Bible on a pinhead? Or was that Zippy the Pinhead writes the score of Wagner's Ring Cycle on the buttocks of a flea using Comic Sans?

ChrisL

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Chris Rugen's picture

I'm pretty sure that photons have no mass, so I think they're smaller.

dezcom's picture

Strange religion to have no mass :-)

ChrisL

cuttlefish's picture

Photons vibrate at higher amplitudes than atoms typically do, so when measured as waves photons are larger, but as particles they're smaller.

(I'm not a physicist, but I might play one on TV if I were an actor on a TV show in which I played a physicist, but I'm also not an actor.)

hankzane's picture

The image was stored in (a quantum state of) a photon. I guess the picture is of the stencil(s) used ... and they were not very small if you look at the scale.

Chris Rugen's picture

Ah, quantum mechanics. I love reading about them, but I never quite get them.

dezcom's picture

That is why there is the Uncertainty Principle Chris :-)

ChrisL

Linda Cunningham's picture

Ah, yes Herr Heisenberg.

I always wanted to be a quantum mechanic but there was just too much heavy lifting. ;-)

dezcom's picture

And all that gut wrenching jumping!

ChrisL

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