Practical Programming An Introduction to Computer Science Using Python

Take a look at the pictures in Figure 1.1, on the following page. The first one shows forest cover in the Amazon basin in 1975. The second one shows the same area 26 years later. Anyone can see that much of the rainforest has been destroyed, but how much is “much”? Now look at Figure 1.2, on page 13. Are these blood cells healthy? Do any of them show signs of leukemia? It would take an expert doctor a few minutes to tell. Multiply those minutes by the number of people who need to be screened. There simply aren’t enough human doctors in the world to check everyone.