What If You Could Shrink to the Size of an Atom?

What If You Could Shrink to the Size of an Atom?


What if you could shrink yourself down to 1 mm (0.04 in) tall, about the size of a frog’s egg? Actually no, too many creepy crawly predators, let’s go smaller. What if you shrunk to 10 micrometers
(0.0004 in), the size of an animal cell. That’s pretty cool, but I think we can go even smaller. How about 100 nanometers (0.000004 in), the size of a virus? That’s better, but we’re not in the mood to be swallowed by white blood cells. So let’s keep going. What if you shrunk to 1 angström, the size of the atom? Oh yeah, I think we have a winner. If you shrunk to the size of an atom, would it be a fantastic voyage? Or a death sentence? From “Gulliver’s Travels” to “Alice in Wonderland” to “Ant-man,” the idea of shrinking has fascinated us for a long time. The atom, in all its splendor, is tiny. I mean really, really tiny. Measuring in at 1 angström. To put that in perspective, if you were to blow up an atom 1 billion times, it would only get as big as a tennis ball. While shrinking seems like it would be an amazing superpower, it would actually be a deadly fight for survival. The first hurdle you’re going to have to deal with is your mass. If you shrunk without changing your mass, there would be so much compression that for an ant-sized person, the pressure underneath your tiny feet would be ten thousand times greater than at your normal size. It would be like a single, ant-sized leg pushing down 70 kg (155 lbs) on each step. Next, you would have to deal with your body turning against you. Your new, smaller size will affect almost every aspect of your biology. For example, if you shrunk be approximately 2.5 cm (1 in) tall, the surface area of your body, through which you lose heat, would decrease about 5,000 times. Your lung area would be 5,000 times smaller, but you could still get the supply of oxygen you need. The way you extract oxygen from the air is dependent on the surface area of your lungs. As you get smaller the area of your lungs is larger than the volume of your lungs, which means there’s more than enough air to go around. But you’re not out of the woods yet. You would need to provide your body with more fuel, a lot more fuel. This is because the rate at which you produce heat is proportional to the mass of your body. The only way to generate more heat is to increase your metabolic rate dramatically! This means you have to eat nonstop as the food needs to be digested in order to produce heat. You would have to eat as much food as your body weighs, every day, just to stay alive. And this is just for a 2.5 cm (1 in) version of you. You’ll have even more dangers to face when you’re atom-sized. During your shrinking process, you’ll notice the world getting bigger … and then darker. It’s estimated that if you decreased in size to approximately one 10,000th of your size, the lenses in your eyes would stop working in just-visible light. Or, that may just be you passing out. When you take the big step of squeezing your feet into microscopic shoes, one single oxygen molecule will look like Mount Everest to you. You’re literally smaller than an oxygen molecule. How long can you hold your breath? So, if you feel up to the challenge, could you even pull this off? The big problem with shrinking down to the size of an atom is that the atoms in your body can’t be made any smaller. And your body contains more atoms than the number of stars we can see in the Universe. You’d have to remove some excess baggage. Is it possible to remove the atoms in your body? Imagine a mosaic image, a picture made entirely out of smaller pictures. Much like these images, our body consists of DNA, built up by molecules consisting of atoms. If you started removing pictures from your mosaic image, you might be able to remove a few and still see a resemblance to the original. But there is a limit. After a while, the image would no longer make sense. This is also true of DNA. We might be able to remove atoms from the molecules building up the DNA, but eventually ,we would reach a limit and make a mess of your human body. So until you solve that problem, no shrinking for you. But if you manage to conquer all the challenges, you would be able to experience the insane world of quantum mechanics. If you could learn to live in this environment, you could have a blast tunneling and jumping through impenetrable barriers on your path to chart the microverse. Truth be told though, it’s probably easier living at the size we are. Mostly because we don’t have to deal with things like giant spiders. But what if that wasn’t the case? What if spiders were the size of humans? Well, that’s a story for another WHAT IF.

100 thoughts on “What If You Could Shrink to the Size of an Atom?”

  1. I could have told people this… that since you can't shrink the atoms in your body, you wouldn't be able to shrink to the size of an atom, let alone less.

  2. What if humans could respirate through simple diffusion ?
    Or
    What if humans could completely depend on anaerobic type of respiration ?
    Please answer 🙏🙃🙃

  3. It's like making a smooth curve smaller than block in Minecraft. You would have to miss the entire engine and game

  4. Pokemon Go Xtreme Gaming

    What if every animal on planet become CARNIVORES

    If you want these topic video to be done plz like this comment.

  5. Typiccal Scripter

    Me:i will shrink myself into the size of 0.0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000001 angstrom

  6. I think many of fans have a similar doubt like I have please answer this friend
    What if : The Coronavirus take over the globe how it will effect and is there any possibility of stoping it.

  7. All About Kris Sings

    My biggest question is What if all humans on earth has wings or what if mermaids exists until forever.

  8. You surely know that shrinking between molecules is extremely dangerous and moreover Mr. Mouse will not help you for twice to get your butt out of quantum realm… 😂😂😂

  9. What if, as compared to the universe, human beings are just protons, neutrons, electrons and earth is an atom. So, no need to shrink.

  10. If we’re made up of atoms ⚛️ then what would our particular matter be at that point? Would it have to involve dimensional or parallel universe travel? I think I’m going to formulate a mathematical equation concerning this. Be back to ya in a jiff. Jiff being 3-4 years. Toodles

  11. Ok this isn’t totally related to the video, but I just thought of it and it’s bugging me now:

    If every atom in the universe doubled in size at precisely the same time, would we even notice the difference?

  12. no no no … i didn't want to know what would happen to my body if i shrink to atomic levels. this is obviously impossible. I just wanted to know how to SEE what's going on at the atomic level. to date no one has shown me what an atom really looks like.

  13. Hey What if, got a question for you. So in the hobbit movie, Legolas is knocked of a bridge in the battle, and as he is falling through the air he jumps on these big stones that are also falling through the air to get back up on the bridge. Is that even possible? (Assuming someone has incredible physical abilities).

  14. What if the sun disappeared for 20 seconds ? Would we just float off into space just for for the sun to bring us back into orbit or would it be to late

  15. Another none sense from What If more bla bla bla.. if you get smaller obviously all with in him should get smaller too. He answered his what if question at the end of the video and the rest are some bla bla bla.. the narrator doesn really focus on the what if experience but onto the consequences leading to the answer "NO YOU JUST F****N CANNOT"

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