A mathematical model to calculate the date of the apocalypse

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By drafting Meteoweb

A mathematical model to calculate the date of the apocalypse


The physicist Willard Wells, of the California Institute of Technology, author among others of a quantum theory of masers, as well as a mechanism that stops rotation of the artificial satellite once in orbit, has competed in the enterprise to provide the mathematical basis Our purpose, namely to develop a kind of equation to churn "as the human species will survive."

Today, Wells was in Rome, and in the dining Petrassi, during the last day of the Festival of Science in 2011, he explained his point of view and the result of his research. The premise and 'everything: people, animals or things have a life that, in principle and' predictable. Humanoids as Homo erectus or Homo sapiens have survived thousands of centuries, as well as homo sapiens, despite dangers and diseases.

This - according to Wells - means that as hostile, environment and Earth 'was conducive to the human species and that if you start talking about the danger of extinction for the human race, this comes from a number of conditions that we ourselves determined: '' The greatest threat to the survival of the human race are those created by us ''. There are also risks in some way calculable, as the limits of the resources and population growth, but there are - Wells points out - in large measure unpredictable risks including the effects of climate change, or those of genetic engineering. Or the risks associated with volcanism, or such depopulation of the northern hemisphere due to a nuclear winter, or the extreme possibility 'of a science, crazy, knowingly or unknowingly produce a virus or an agent that triggers the end.

'' Only in 1931 - he adds the physical - no one could have foreseen these dangers. Cosi ', today, the real threat to humanity' might come from something dark, unthinkable ''. '' In the twentieth century the anthropogenic risks have increased at a phenomenal rate, so that today the probability 'that our species survives in the long term were down to seven against three' '. '' The human species could be saved? '', Asks Wells. The answer ', between half-jokingly, that this salvation and' possible, even with the intervention of a superhero or a terrible cataclysm of any type, which greatly reduces the number of people on earth and therefore the withdrawal of resources from the planet and the amount 'of emissions ... In a world largely free man - and' the provocative thesis of Wells - the few remaining could ensure the survival of the human species. (ANSA)