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  •  Don't forget population growth over time (0+ / 0-)

    The global population grew from 1 billion in 1804 to 7 billion in 2011. Assuming the same distribution of poetic greatness in the population, 175 great poets now would equate to 25 great poets 200 years ago, and following that geometric growth rate, 4 great poets 400 years ago. And 8,575 in 400 years (by which time we'd better be on more planets).

    Math is fun!

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