Postscript: The power of combinations


  1. jemtw

    “If someone had 11 items of clothing to put on one morning and decided to see how many different ways this could be accomplished, it would take 76 years, moving at a rate of one item per minute, as there are 39,916,800 different ways”
    De Bono

    • Martin Weigel

      10 building blocks or ingredients gives us 1013 combinations.
      20 building blocks gives us 1,048,555 combinations.
      40 gives us 1,099,511,627,735.
      And of course each of these new combinations in turn expands the number of building blocks to choose from.
      In the words of the economist Professor Romer, this is “combinatorial explosion.”

      And that is what I am always so late to work.