Fun with numbers

Kenelm Philip fnkwp at
Sat Sep 20 04:08:25 EDT 1997

	Mark Walker said:

>Only 0.0000001% of the population actually likes doing what I do.  We are
>responsible for killing 0.0000000000000001% of the population of bugs
>(which is only 0.0000000001% of those killed by other humans), and we are
>the first to be told to put down our nets. 

	If I have not miscounted zeros, Mark is saying that 0.3 collectors
(assuming he's talking about the U.S.) are killing (per year??) 0.07 insect.
(C. B. Williams estimated that 10^18 insects are alive at any given time.
About 7% of these would be in the U.S., going by land area.) I guess col-
lecting can't be much of a problem...  :-)

							Ken Philip
fnkwp at

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