Published on 25 May 2008 astix

A year ago, while drunk, a friend and I were discussing temperature scales. Turns out Fahrenheit used his body temperature to define 100°F, which is totally ridiculous from a scientific point of view. Fahrenheit was actually having a little fever when he developed his scale, which is why 100°F is slightly higher than the normal human body temperature of 98.2°F.

One could say Celsius was more sane, using the boiling-point of water to define 100°C. If you think about it, though, this isn’t optimal either. Water boils at differint temperatures depending on the atmospheric pressure. Seen through the alien eye it really doesn’t make any sense at all: why H²O? Why bound by the conditions of one planet (Earth)?

Mind you, we were drunk.

So off we went and created a new temperature-scale. We figured Kelvin was spot on with defining 0K as the absolute zero, so we used that in our scale. Furthermore, using probably bogus science, we calculated the highest temperature possible in our universe, which turned out to be 1.30192108E+94K, and used that to define 100°.

Out came Astix, including basic HTML-page explaining the calculations done and Kelvin-To-Astix converter. Enjoy our crazy brainfart.

David Verhasselt

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