Thursday, May 29, 2008

The Science of Battlestar Galactica

Wired contributing editor Patrick Di Justo has started a new blog on The Science of Battlestar Galactica. Most of the posts so far have been on space and physics, but he has asked an interesting question: Is the current population of the BG fleet - ~39,000 - genetically viable? He answers in the first paragraph:
It probably is – genetic populations of as little as 500 people are genetically viable, if the 500 are as genetically mixed as possible. The real question comes from the demographics of the remnants of the colonial fleet.
He goes on to discuss his assumptions on the demographics of the fleet, which I think might be off. Go check out his analysis for yourself.

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1 comment:

Thomas said...

BSG seems to have some ambivalence about whether there's sound in space. Some of the exteriors are essentially silent, many are not.