Daniel A Ashlock (
18 Jan 1995 16:39:05 GMT

In article <3fhs06$>, rsm@PROBLEM_WITH_INEWS_DOMAIN_FILE (Robert S. Margulies) writes:
> wrote:
>: How can we possibly have more ancestors in a coexisting generation than
>: the total known population of the earth?
>: I know for a fact that I have a mother and a father who each has a mother
>: and a father, etc... The direct ancestral chart would look like so:
>: Generation Population
>: 1 2 (Mother and father)
>: 2 4 (grandparents)
>: 3 8 (greatgrandparents)....
>: 20 1,048,576
>: 30 1,073,741,841
>: Going backwards it does not take too long to run into a problem.
>: What am I missing? Please email your response to me. Thanks
>: Art Decker
>There are those among us who feel that if you go back only a little
>further, the process converges at a limiting value of 2. See, e.g.,

Of course these feeling require you ignore recently published
scientific evidence that the series has a local minimum of about
100,000 a whole lot farther back :-).

For that matter, it require you be able to claim an exponentially
growing series can converge to 2 :-) :-).

Gee, those wacky literalists.

Dan Ashlock