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Puzzle Details

Take a normal piece of paper, exactly 0.1 mm thick.

Fold it in half, and then in half again, and again, and again.

Do this a total of 50 times.

How thick would the final paper be (if this could be done)?

[Ref: ZOPB]

Very thick indeed! The paper doubles in thickness with each fold. If we could fold it 50 times, it would be around 70 million miles thick!

1 fold would be 0.1 + 0.1 = 0.1 x 2 ^ 1 = 0.2 mm
2 folds would be 0.1 + 0.1 + 0.1 + 0.1 = 0.1 x 2 ^ 2 = 0.4 mm
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10 folds would be 0.1 x 2 ^ 10 = 102.4 mm
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50 folds would be 0.1 x 2 ^ 50 = 112,589,990,684,262.4 mm = 112,589,990.7 km (around 70 million miles).

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