The More You Know #4 – Human vs. Hydrogen Bomb

In Human Biology, Physics by Mystifact

Hydrogen bombs are, to this date, the most powerful nuclear weapon ever detonated. They work by fusing isotopes of hydrogen which releases a lot of energy – but what does it have to do with a human?

To answer this question, we must begin by understanding The First Law of Thermodynamics.

The First Law of Thermodynamics states that the total amount of energy put into a system will equal the energy that comes out of the system. This also means that energy cannot be created or destroyed.

Now, what happens to the energy the Human Body gets from food? It either:

  1. Converts some of it to heat which is dissipated from the body – when exercising

  2. Excretes some of it through the digestive system

  3. Converts this energy into a form of storage, such as fat

  4. Other forms of dissipation such as for metabolic processes in cells

Let’s focus on point number 3. When humans receive too much energy from food; that excess is mainly converted to be stored as fat. In fact, if we counted up the amount of all this stored energy and added it to the total energy contained within the average Human Body, we get approximately 7 x 10^11 joules of energy.

But how does this relate to the Hydrogen bomb?

To reiterate, 7 x 10^11 joules is a 7 with 11 0’s on the end of it, which is a HUGE number. If this value of energy was released all at once, it would have the same effect as if 30 hydrogen bombs were detonated at the same time.

30 hydrogen bombs

That is almost the entire UK destroyed, just if a single human released all their energy at once. Don’t get on your friend’s nerves too much – it could be lethal!

If you have any questions, leave them below and until next time, take care.

~ Mystifact


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