One of the things that I was taught in introductory Physics at MIT a long time ago was to do “order of magnitude estimates”, such as how many grains of sand are there in the beaches of the world, or how many bricks are in the Empire State Building. The main point was to develop the student’s ability to do a “sanity check” on any calculations they might perform in solving problems, especially on slide rules. :-)
So I’m saying that the numbers meet the “order of magnitude” credibility test.
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On Mar 1, 2012, at 1:41 PM, Hans Polzer wrote:
I can’t verify those numbers, but if it’s the transportation organization we have been discussing in separate emails
I expected you'd pick up on those. I don't remember if they were supposed to be from TRANSCOM or the Air Force. Really doesn't matter.
Since I grew up in the shadow of the Pentagon (down Shirley Highway in Alexandria) & have been tilting at this "good names" issue for 20+ years now I have a wide & deep skepticism streak.
The problem is one can typically never actually verify them. File under: "75.3% of statistics are made up on the spot." Certainly endemic around the Pentagon.