It’s not often that we have British actor Jude Law ( above) explaining maths to us, but in the new Hollywood film CONTAGION
he demonstrates how quickly a deadly virus could spread … (1.17 point on trailer)
In Stephanie Meyer’s the Twilight series there are good Vampires and Bad Vampires. Edward Cullen and the other Vampires in the Cullen Covern are ethical Vampires. (See earlier post: Fang it to me! : Twilight Maths) The only eat animal blood. Edward falls in love with Bella a human. The baddie Vampires are James, Laurent (pictured) and Victoria.
Twilight Vampires, as with all vampires, can turn a human into a vampire by biting them. IN the Twilight mythology a vampire injects a venom into their victim and, depending on how much venom is injected the victim will turn into vampire in 3 – 5 days.
How long would it take one Vampire, say James, to turn the whole population of the earth into vampires? We can work it out, mathspigs.
On the first night James goes out and bites a human. Now there are two vampires. Each night the vampires go out their numbers double.
These calculations were updated for clarity on 21 OCT 2011 after I’d worked on my JUDE LAW CAN’T DO MATHS post. Now in the Twilight Series it takes 3 days for a human to turn into a vampire. So we will assume that James and his rapidly growing covern go out every 3rd night to feast on human blood.
How many days will it take one bad Twilight vampire to take over the world (Population 6.8 Billion. See World Population Clock US Census Bureau ) ? You work it out. But here is a hint.
I suspect the Cullen Family are smart vampires because they only drink animal blood.
Unless, animals also turn into vampires and we are over run by vampire squirrels, vampire poodles, vampire canaries and more.