P3_5 All These Worlds Are Yours

Michael Perry, John Bettles, Iain Clarke, Nathan Pilkington



This paper investigates a plot point of the novel 2010: Odyssey Two by Arthur C. Clarke in which self replicating monoliths engulf Jupiter, increasing its density to the point when nuclear fusion can take place, giving birth to a new star. It was found that 1.629x1020 monoliths would be needed to trigger nuclear fusion in Jupiter's core, taking 136 hours to do so.

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