the urban prospector

Searching for Golden Opportunities in America's Cities


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Small Thinking For Great Cities

Often times there are parallels that are found between nature and human society. An easy example is evolution which has been used when analyzing music, cultures, technology and business. A conceptual parallel that I would like to explore in depth is the importance of the small. Hydrogen is the smallest atom, yet it accounts for 75% of the elemental mass of the observable universe. It takes a lot of energy to build heavier elements, which means the lighter elements are not only more common, but they also make up a larger portion of the mass of the universe. In the biome, bacteria is likely to make up at the same mass as all plants and animals. There is more competitive space among small organisms than large organisms. Small particles are more reactive than lager ones. While grain is relatively inert, grain dust can cause major explosions. The greater the ratio of surface area to volume, the greater the reactivity. Continue reading

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