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November 1, 2005

Babbage to Tennyson

US Navy photo EA-6B Prowler VAQ-135

US Navy photo PHAN Dominique V. Brown

An EA-6B Prowler of VAQ-135, Black Ravens

(Oct. 26, 2005) – An EA-6B Prowler, assigned to the “Black Ravens” of Electronic Warfare Squadron One Three Five (VAQ-135), conducts a fly by during an air power demonstration rehearsal aboard USS NIMITZ (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is currently on a regularly scheduled deployment in the Pacific Ocean.

"Every minute dies a man, Every minute one is born;" I need hardly point out to you that this calculation would tend to keep the sum total of the world's population in a state of perpetual equipoise, whereas it is a well-known fact that the said sum total is constantly on the increase. I would therefore take the liberty of suggesting that in the next edition of your excellent poem the erroneous calculation to which I refer should be corrected as follows: "Every moment dies a man, And one and a sixteenth is born." I may add that the exact figures are 1.067, but something must, of course, be conceded to the laws of metre.
—Charles Babbage, letter to Alfred, Lord Tennyson, about a couplet in his The Vision of Sin, 1842

Source: Math Quotes at the Quote Garden
See also: Charles Babbage short bio on Pioneers @ KerryR

Posted by niganit at November 1, 2005 7:21 PM
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