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Slicing Pizzas, Racing Turtles, and Further Adventures in Applied Mathematics by Robert B. Banks

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16

The Great Explosion of 2023

Our previous chapter concluded on a note depicting a very alarming situation: (1) a 1990 world population of over five billion people and a population doubling time of around 17 years and (2) a projection to a year-2000 population of over eight billion and a doubling time of around 12 years. Clearly, it is urgent that something be done about this serious crisis of rampant growth of world population.

However, we need to look at the data more closely. Before we try to resolve this incredible crisis, perhaps it is necessary to examine how serious it really is. So we return to the equation that describes so-called coalition or hyperbolic growth:

where N is the population at time t and a is the growth coefficient; ...

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