Exponential Growth

I believe in reaching out, I do,

To one and one, for doubled, that makes two

Who pass it on at double worth, there’s four,

And on it goes and goes to so much more,

As legend told, where single rice on board

Relieves the king of kingdom, this I’ve heard.

Like words, I guess, where whisper quite a few,

Ripple out, eventually, reaching more than two.

Chess Board and the Grain of Rice



4 thoughts on “Exponential Growth”

  1. Thank you for finding this – I love numbers. I often use the ‘pocket money’ example with older children: which would you rather have 5pounds a week or 1 p but doubled each week. It fascinates them!


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