UK maths educators are going more and more overboard in their attempts to make maths popular with young people. Consider this Halloween special by the Oxford Science blog:

Or maybe I’m just too old to understand what the hype with zombies is all about. More pure human maths for me, please.

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Random stuff is the same as the model for ideal solutions in thermodynamics.

Interactions pretty much the same as the regular solution stuff.

Zombies is a cover term and I suspect, though I am not from this field, that it is just a load of ‘objects’.

Are you modelling the behaviour of the unaffected? Is it a game theoretical response to the random zombie? I guess if you did that you would lose the reality of the individuality of the human race…

This all reminds me of the processes in equilibrium and non-equilibrium thermodynamics… but I suppose it’s anything in which the underlying mechanics are defined in terms of rate equations.

Good luck with it 🙂

yeah, I generally like the idea of applying maths to fun things and there’s a lot of fun stuff you can model mathematically in a zombie attack… The XKCD author has a really awesome blog where he explains scientifically various random “what if” questions, such as why we can’t build a million-storey bulding. I just thought this zomby thing was going just a bit overboard with the drive to popularity… I’m not entirely sure where I stand on this. I suppose, anything is good to get people interested, but then what if people expect zombies only and don’t want anything even slightly more boring than that?