What do zombies have to do with maths?

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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2 thoughts on “What do zombies have to do with maths?

  1. 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 🙂

    • anelim says:

      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?

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