exponential growth

Michael Clive Price price at price.demon.co.uk
Fri Feb 17 08:54:04 EST 1995


"John de Rivaz" writes:
> I have been asked for the reference to the oft-quoted "if all 
> those who have ever died were resurrected the world's population 
> would only double."
>
> Flicking through my books, including Jack Parsons' "Population 
> versus Liberty" has not produce it.

It's been years, but I remember some such quote from the opening of an
Arthur C Clarke book, 2001 (I think). 
He says something like "behind every person alive today there stands 20
[not 1] ghosts".  Now I know 2001 is fiction but Clarke usually gets his
non-speculative technical details correct.

Michael Price                        price at price.demon.co.uk




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