Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Heaven is hotter than hell (proof)

This is in response to the oft quoted "mythical Univ of Washington Physics Exam question"
(Orig story link)

Proof that Heaven is hotter using data from Revelation stories...

The temperature of Heaven can be rather accurately computed from available data. Our authority is the Bible: Isaiah 30:26 reads "Moreover the light of the Moon shall be as the light of the Sun and the light of the Sun shall be seven-fold, as the light of seven days."
Thus Heaven receives from the Moon as much radiation as we do from the sun and in addition seven times seven (forty-nine) times as much as the Earth does from the Sun, or fifty times in all. The light we receive from the Moon is a ten-thousandth of the light we receive from the Sun, so we can ignore that. With this data we can compute the temperature of Heaven.
The radiation falling on Heaven will heat it to the point where the heat lost by radiation is just equal to the heat received by radiation. In other words, Heaven loses fifty times as much heat as the Earth by radiation. 

Using the Stefan-Boltzmann fourth-power law for radiation: 

                 (H / E)^4 = 50

where E is the absolute temperature of the Earth, 300°K. This gives H as 798°K (525°C)
The exact temperature of Hell cannot be computed but it must be less than 444.6°C ; the temperature at which brimstone or sulphur changes from a liquid to a gas.

Revelation 21:8: "But the fearful and unbelieving... shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone." 

A lake of molten brimstone means that the temperature must be below the boiling point, which is 444.6°C. (Above this point it would be a vapour, not a lake.)

We have, then, temperature of Heaven, 525°C. Temperature of Hell, less than 445°C. Therefore, Heaven is hotter than Hell.

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Disclaimer: Above mentioned story is presented as a joke/humor piece and is not an accurate scientific derivation and may not be cited in any Congressional Hearings or Industrial Safety hearings.

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