A chart of exponential growth shows that some things change faster over time. Back in 1798, Thomas Malthus noticed that not everything grows this way. This caused people to worry, and they were sure it would lead to massive death, starvation, and famine. However, the Green Revolution kept this from happening, and scientists are currently working to produce enough food for the current exploding population. Part of the “It’s Okay to Be Smart” series.