Saturday, August 2, 2008

Mathematics of Life !!!

Sometimes I ask myself "How come out of all countries I was selected by God to be born in India, in the state of Andhra Pradesh and then in the district of East Godavari in Kakinada to these particular parents only?"


Being fond of mathematics, I lay down some mathematical equations just to show what makes it so intriguing.


There are about 212 countries in the world. Since the land is not equally distributed I wont take the probability of being born in india as '1/212'. The total land area of india is about 30 lakh square kilometers. the world land area is 14 crore. So my probability of being born in india is about '30 lakh/14 crore' which equals '1/50'.


Now coming to Andhra Pradesh whose area is about 3 lakhs. So my probability of being born in Andhra pradesh is '1/10'. And similarly the probability of being born in my district is '1/25' and thereafter in my town is '1/5'.


And then being born in a particular place and being born to a particular pair of parents are too independent events. Still making an assumption that no married foreigners came to india to give birth to a child, The population of india was around 80 crores when i was born and among them 50% were in age 20-40. So 40 Crores. Assuming there were equal men and women in the country and they married between themselves , we have 20 crore couples and which makes my probability of being born to one of them as '1/20 crore'.



So in all, my probability of being born subject to all the above constraints is (1/50)*(1/10)*(1/25)*(1/5)*(1/20 crore) = 0.00000000000008


Spellbinding, isn't it?


And to say I have made liberal assumptions throughout and also have taken an assumption that life exists only on earth.


I have always wondered why science takes into consideration upto hundreds of digits after the decimal point. What need does it serve? But yes, to unravel the mysteries God laid around, and to explain them with proper evidence you need to have mathematics. Numbers prove everything. I even subscribe to the belief that when we go deeper into the numbers we proceed further in understanding the attributes of science.


Mathematics is essentially a fact based subject. It can be either true or false but still a fact. And as an old maxim goes a single fact is worth a shipload of argument, mathematics indeed cuts out on banal talk to evolve principles.


There I end this post - but I still have a lots to write- May be some other time !!!

20 comments:

PC said...

Whoa..!!

That's a lot of math buddy..

The same value applies to me too..

Lena said...

seems like someone does not have much to do but is busy with math instead :P

The Mad Girl said...

:D. nice! BTW that thought occurred to me as well.

*~*{Sameera}*~* said...

Wow!That was brilliant!

Though I hated Math in school,I always have been in awe of it 'cause of its basis in logic.

Knatchbulley Hughzscene said...

oye..
happy friendship day :)

DANCING ON THE NOTES OF LIFE said...

oh is this what kept u so busy? well really nice post. im not that much of a math person, really. so i dont know what to say. but i really enjoyed reading it

Cinderella. said...

LOl !!!

I loved this post..more so cz I just finished reading "A beautfiul mind" !!!

Padhna zarur !

kaisa hai tu ?

Vandita said...

wow .. that was very enlightening and interesting :)

Anurag said...

Wow ..That's interesting .....

on Second thoughts it's silly really .....Why on Earth would you want to think about it in the first place ??

Solitaire said...

Damn! You are a genius! And you think you are not?

Solitaire said...

Where did my comment go?? :(

I said earlier that you ARE a genius.

lukkydivz said...

u r mad :O

chicha said...

hi ra....
super.....carry on...

Ranjan said...

The total land area of india is about 30 lakh square kilometers. the world land area is 14 crore. So my probability of being born in india is about '30 lakh/14 crore' which equals '1/50'.

Wrong Calcuation...
Looking at the above numbers..your probablity of "being" in India is 1/50. i.e. If you are randomly dropped on planet earth... the chances that you will fall in indian territory(assuming that you land on "land" else you multiply /50 by 3/10 as only 30% of earth surface is covered by land)is 1/50.
Now.. the probality that you are an indian is 1/6 as the total population of word is 6 Billion and we are 1 billion.
The probablity that you are born in India... depends on the birth ratio... but its should be very near to 1/6.
But idealy the calculation will:
(total number children born in India per year)/total number children born per year)

Think it this way..Every third person this word is chiness..but this doesnt mean that every 3rd child born in this world in chinees as china has very low birth rate.

Matangi Mawley said...

interesting!!!

stargazer said...

grt math thinking....!!

jus came upon ur blog..nice one!:)

Vithya said...
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Vithya said...

m visiting ur blog after a looooooong long time!

n quite an interesting post

i've wondered abt the probability of my birth too, n thanked god that my mum married my dad..otherwise the probability would be zero :P

Standbymind said...

woooosh man!

some calclations..

:O

Alameen said...

Zahid,
Everythin will be alrite :)