If there’s one thing we can be sure of in this world, it’s that there was room for Jack on that door – and now we have scientific proof. A team of Australian schoolgirls have calculated exactly how Rose could have just moved up a bit and not let the love of her life freeze to death in the middle of the Atlantic.
Abigail Wicks, Christy Zhang and Julia Damato worked out that by using their lifejackets as floating devices underneath the door, the couple could have both fit on the door without it sinking. The mathematicians had to take into account the historical context of the sinking, the amount of salt water in the ocean and the buoyancy of the door material.
The girls worked out that by using their lifejackets as floating devices underneath the door, Jack and Rose could have both fit on the door without it sinking
“We looked at how buoyant the door would have been, and how that would have changed if there were people on top of that,” Abigail, 15, told The Advertiser, “There was a lot of exploring and testing, and we had to fiddle with different buoyancies and look at what materials were realistic for that time.”
The girls came up with the project as part of a maths competition designed to encourage students to use their maths skills in an inventive way. They inevitably won an award for their presentation, presumably for proving the entire world right as well as their impressive calculations.
Earlier this year, Kate Winslet, who plays the door-hogging Rose, admitted that there was room for Jack, saying, “there was plenty of room on the raft.” However, Titanic director James Cameron has previously denied there was any way both Jack and Rose could have survived. “It's very, very simple,” he told The Daily Beast, “you read page 147 of the script and it says, “Jack gets off the board and gives his place to her so that she can survive.” It's that simple. You can do all the post-analysis you want.” Cameron obviously hadn’t anticipated a group of teenage girls taking on the challenge.