Skip to main content

Friday math movie - The Miniature Earth

By Murray Bourne, 17 Apr 2009

miniature earth

Earth Day is coming up next week (on Wed 22nd Apr 2009).

This week's math movie contemplates an Earth with a population of 100 people only. What could we say about those 100 people?

This miniature Earth would have 61 Asians and 8 North Americans. Only one would come from Oceania (Australia, New Zealand, and surrounding islands). Six people would own 59% of the wealth.

The amount spent on the military is nothing short of disgusting.

Here's the movie.

Enjoy — and consider...

See the 2 Comments below.

2 Comments on “Friday math movie - The Miniature Earth”

  1. Gerard says:

    where's the Africans like

  2. Pat Earnest says:

    This is by far one of the most powerful presentations of the great disparities in health and wealth of all the world's human populations. Zooming in on the lives of just 100 people gives a very lucid, devastatingly haunting, and yet morally awakening picture of the true lives of the world's people. And I believe more people would have a more compassionate and humane understanding of the world today if they were to see it from this view.

Leave a comment

Comment Preview

HTML: You can use simple tags like <b>, <a href="...">, etc.

To enter math, you can can either:

  1. Use simple calculator-like input in the following format (surround your math in backticks, or qq on tablet or phone):
    `a^2 = sqrt(b^2 + c^2)`
    (See more on ASCIIMath syntax); or
  2. Use simple LaTeX in the following format. Surround your math with \( and \).
    \( \int g dx = \sqrt{\frac{a}{b}} \)
    (This is standard simple LaTeX.)

NOTE: You can mix both types of math entry in your comment.


* indicates required

SquareCirclez is a "Top 100" Math Blog

SquareCirclez in Top 100 Math Blogs collection
From Math Blogs