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Rescuing girls

Taken from The Tesseract. By Alex Garland.

Imagine an atom of hydrogen, Cente. The most basic atom: a nucleus with a single electron revolving around it. Then imagine that you have enlarged the nucleus by five million million, bringing it up to about the size of a one-peso coin. To scale, the electron would now be nearly one kilometer away.

A kilometer between nucleus and electron, he the nucleus wap the size of a one-peso coin. In am atom, almost nothing to see, even if you could see it.
Mainly a void. So much room to move around.
So much room that if you fired a neutrino into a light year thick block of lead, there´d be even odds that the neutrino would collide with nothing and pop out the other side.

Good odds of survival, if you are a light year thick block of lead, trying to blow your brains out with a neutrino gun.
Good odds of survival too, if you are a suicidal neutrino, jumping off the thirteenth floor of Legaspi towers. You´d hit the pavement and pass straight through it. Pass through the pavement, earth, rock layers, the whole planet, and keep right on going.
Good odds of suicide survival for the unthinkably big and the unthinkably small.
You might hope that the same would be true for a girl jumping off the thirteenth floor of Legaspi towers. With all that space, with all that void and room to move around, you might hope that the girl´s atoms and the atoms of the pavement might conspire to let her safely through.
It seems resonable enough.

But it turns out that, for the thinkable, the odds are bad.


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