Tag Archives: people-and-numbers

The Population of Space

The SF writer Charlie Stross recently wrote on his blog about the absurdity of self-sufficient space colonies (“Insufficient Data”).  He noted that it takes an extraordinary number of people to maintain a technological civilization, because even the most common artifacts … Continue reading

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Another local industry – political ambition

So I was looking at lists of presidential candidates from recent elections, and was struck by the number of candidates from my small and somewhat out-of-the-way state, Massachusetts.  It looks as though MA is tied with New York and California … Continue reading

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Take that, Eichmann

94-year old Holocaust survivor, Yitta Schwartz, leaves 2500 descendants: http://www.recordonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100104/NEWS/100109926 She had 17 children herself, and 170 grandchildren.  By my reckoning, each of her grandchildren would have an average of 13.7 descendants, and apparently they have grandchildren themselves.  It hardly … Continue reading

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How Many Citizens Are There?

As noted in the last post, more than half of all Americans who ever lived are alive now.  The percentage isn’t as dramatic in other countries because they haven’t had the 100X increase in population over the last 200 years … Continue reading

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How Many Americans Have There Been?

If you add up all the people born in the last 220 years, plus the number who have immigrated in that time, you get 545 million of which 472M were born here and 73M immigrated. So a little over half (55%) of all the Americans who have ever lived are alive now. Continue reading

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Life is long, history short

So I was reading Alan Furst’s new novel “The Spies of Warsaw” when I was struck by a particular passage.   A typical Furst protagonist, the world-weary French Colonel Mercier, is attending a grand reception in Warsaw with a typical Furst … Continue reading

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Are SF writers Lettuce or Whiskey?

Alexander Jablokov lists on his blog “Five reasons writers don’t improve with age”.   It’s a depressing thought for an SF writer like him, although he’s one of note, but is it true?   Are writers more like lettuce, best when … Continue reading

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