Have you ever traveled to a faraway place only to run into a friend or neighbour in a café or train station? So, what do people almost invariably say to each other when they encounter this spooky coincidence?
“My goodness, it’s a small world.”
“Yes, it certainly is,” comes the response.
Inventions like radio, the telephone, jet travel and the Internet have all teamed up with coincidence to make the Earth seem even smaller, but I think we all know that our planet isn’t actually shrinking. On the other hand, though, it could very well be trending in the opposite direction.
If you haven’t done so already, you should have a look at Neal Adams’ 2005 animation of the expansion of Earth over hundreds of millions of years.
More on this important topic later…