- There is a pond in France in which water lilies grow. The lilies double in size each day. At this rate of growth the water lilies will completely cover the pond in 30 days. On what day will the pond be half-full of water lilies?
- The pond will be half-full on the 29th day (the lilies will double over night and the pond will be full). This is the nature of exponential growth — it sneaks up on you.” http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20110823-LIFE-108230396
- In the beginning, most people don’t even recognize the trend as exponential. For instance, a single lily growing to cover one-tenth of one percent of a lake hardly seems noteworthy, let alone deserving of special attention. The problem with this negligence is that it can cause people to ignore or dismiss some very big and significant trends. All the while exponential math continues to weave its inextricable magic. Unfortunately, all too often, by the time people finally do grasp how fast things are progressing–say on Day 28 of the pond example–and hope to either capitalize on its explosive growth or, alternatively, avoid being overwhelmed by its growing power, it is too late. http://jumpthecurve.net/future/take-a-swim-in-the-lake-of-tomorrow/
- This is the nature of exponential growth — it sneaks up on you.” http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20110823-LIFE-108230396
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