# How Folding Paper Can Get You to the Moon

How many times can you

fold a piece of paper? Assume that one had a piece

of paper that was very fine, like the kind they typically

use to print the Bible. In reality, it seems like a piece of silk. To qualify these ideas, let’s say you have a paper that’s one-thousandth

of a centimeter in thickness. That is 10 to the power

of minus three centimeters, which equals .001 centimeters. Let’s also assume that you have

a big piece of paper, like a page out of the newspaper. Now we begin to fold it in half. How many times do you think

it could be folded like that? And another question: If you could fold the paper over and over,

as many times as you wish, say 30 times, what would you imagine

the thickness of the paper would be then? Before you move on, I encourage you to actually think

about a possible answer to this question. OK. After we have folded the paper once, it is now two thousandths

of a centimeter in thickness. If we fold it in half once again, the paper will become

four thousandths of a centimeter. With every fold we make,

the paper doubles in thickness. And if we continue to fold

it again and again, always in half, we would confront

the following situation after 10 folds. Two to the power of 10, meaning that you multiply

two by itself 10 times, is one thousand and

24 thousandths of a centimeter, which is a little bit over one centimeter. Assume we continue folding

the paper in half. What will happen then? If we fold it 17 times, we’ll get a thickness

of two to the power of 17, which is 131 centimeters, and that equals just over four feet. If we were able to fold it 25 times, then we would get two to the power of 25, which is 33,554 centimeters, just over 1,100 feet. That would make it almost

as tall as the Empire State Building. It’s worthwhile to stop here

and reflect for a moment. Folding a paper in half, even a paper

as fine as that of the Bible, 25 times would give us a paper

almost a quarter of a mile. What do we learn? This type of growth

is called exponential growth, and as you see, just by folding a paper we can go very far, but very fast too. Summarizing, if we fold a paper 25 times, the thickness is almost

a quarter of a mile. 30 times, the thickness reaches 6.5 miles, which is about the average

height that planes fly. 40 times, the thickness

is nearly 7,000 miles, or the average GPS satellite’s orbit. 48 times, the thickness

is way over one million miles. Now, if you think that the distance

between the Earth and the Moon is less than 250,000 miles, then starting with a piece of Bible paper and folding it 45 times,

we get to the Moon. And if we double it one more time, we get back to Earth.

Folding a paper 300 times = size of observable universe

Nice👍

If you reach the moon the paper length & widthwould have a thickness of a atom

Then you realize that the actual physical limit of folding a paper is about 7-8 folds. And then there's the fact that the width and length of the thing itself would also exponentialy decrease as the height increases. And that's not even considering other forces such as gravity.

What if the paper falls?we will be doomed to either die on space or be trapped on the moon

Damn that paper is gonna be soooooo

THICCAahhhh math my only weakness

😶……

He sounds like Daithi De Nogla

me:

mouth open,,,hands on my forehead,,,AMAZEDDad: what are you watching?

me: I have no idea…

Still don't get it tbh….😐🤨😐

thinks rockets are made out of paperxdHey ummm I was wondering how could you reach that high?????? Just wondering…..

With just 100 paper folds, my paper is 1 nonillion meters. And this is assuming my paper is about 10th of a centimeter. It would be 100 octillion meters if it was fine paper.

This is witchcraft, after 10 folds, the paper would break anyways

Did i kust take drugs?

Cause i be tripin

you paper keeps on getting smaller and in addition to that you won't be able to fold it this many time

.

Actually it is not possible with given technology at our disposal to fold a paper in half more than 7 times.Try it and see!!!

Also use metric system 😤

Next video : how to make magical paper folds

Ez way to calculate: (10cm^-3)^folds

Sadly, the most you can fold a paper and not be able to fold it again cuz… Thick. Is about 7 times.

That’s also impossible

Fold it 999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999 times and it's a tall as me

Rocket Has left the chat

This video takes me to the moon.

A paper cannot do that

Gather your papers, Im going to space

this is similar to if you double the amount of money you have each day starting from $0.01, it would take 27 days to become a millionaire

World record of folding paper:

1st:11 folds

2nd:9 folds

3rd YOUTUBER;d4rkframe:8 folds

I FORGOT ONE!

10000000000000000000000th:me 7 folds just like every others

50 times, the thickness equals 7 million miles.

3:10 That would cost $30,000,000,000 going there!

@TedEd please change the narration voice

none of my friends believe this

You must also answer to the availability of such paper which could be fold more than 30 times

42 folds will get to moon

Imagine folding it 1,000 times

It doesn’t help

Wouldn't the paper be microscopic at a point tho

Rockets: Am I a joke to you?

By folding the paper a lot of times

This I've got to see…

Remember atmospheric pressure people? This is why this video is actually impossible

when i'm stuck in the moon , i better have paper around

Somehow I can feel the siliva in my ears

wow

But wouldn’t it have been too thin to stand on

You can only fold a piece of paper 6 times

Аааа что за акцент?

Его фыканье на мозг давит

ss..sss….ss (A person folding paper to get to space)

Pagalchod hai kya be? There must be some paradox.Who came after fact tech?

Facttechz🙄🙄🙄

Fact techz

Watch here for FactTechzPaper will tear up after 10 folds

Who were here after seeing factech video 😀😀

👇 Like here

Now i can go to any place on earth by keeping this paper horizontally😂😂

Well, it would be difficult to make the paper stand still and straight if it is folded by 45 times 😜

“BuT I WaNnA g0 to urANus”

this is ridiculous

w o a h

mindblownI know this principle in stock market works in the same way 10X you are going to have 1 million dollar if you invest 1000 dollar

Wtf

Me: “Mom I learned something new today!

Mom: What is it?

Me: I can get to the moon

Mom: Its not that easy how are you going to do that?

Me:

Holds bibleNobody Canna Cross it

What a rubbish video…… It's liilogical 😡😡 don't make such type of videos…,.

No matter what the thickness of the paper, you can't fold it more than 8 times.

This makes no sense!!! How can something a foot tall reach a distance of 100,000 miles????

We are in the 21st century and those americans still use foot as a unit of measurement LOL

TED-Ed: If you fold it 30 times what would the thickness be?

Me: Gone. Reduced to atoms.

(If you fold it so much it also becomes smaller)

OMG TOO BAD WE CANT ACTUALLY FOLD IT THAT MANY TIMES

The thing is the width and length decreases the height is the only this that increases so at some points we can't even see the paper

i love the people in comment section

The T H I C C N E S S of the paper.

I think you forgot to consider that it would exponentially shrink 2d-wise

So what you're trying to say is you want to build a stack of papers that are each being folded…

And you want us to do that until we reach space even though we can't really go outside into space when there is no oxygen

But

OXYGEN MASKS?My friend believe this 😂😂

Paper cannot be folded more than 7 times equally 😂😂😂

My friend thinks it's a lie..😡😡 like come on… How can you get her to believe science?? I don't know how and she says nothing istaller that empire state building and there obviously taller things

No it is fake

2 math problems 13 question each ARG

GREAT!!U CAN TRY DIS 4 ME…

new challenge -> eat and never sh*t = how much will the one grow? if you dont sh*t 89 days you will grow 650 ft and that is where you can beat the champ

The question is who is tall enough to reach and fold it?

i consider that the way of calculate thickness in this film is wrong. when the paper's hardness is enough to support upper half,it will have a height at the bend.

the hands tho

iska baap fold karge paper itna bar.

Is it real

I tried it,it got too hard to fold .-.

1 centimeters

You are made how to posible fold paper?????

Who came here after Tals video

Theooritical value?

But its not an accurate representation of the size of the paper, after just 7 folds it become very small. Folding it 46 times would make it MICROSCOPIC

damn.. that's pretty thicc

Have you tried this …… ted ed

nah even without folding that paper can go uranus

Who’s here for the mcps summer math hw