Saturday, August 15, 2009

Mathematical Model for Surviving a Zombie Attack

A cool little story was featured recently on Slashdot late yesterday:
"What do you do when zombies attack? Turn to a mathematician to come up with a model for the spread of a zombie infestation, of course! Students at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa have published a paper in a book titled Infectious Disease Modelling Research Progress detailing how to model the spread of a zombie population and various complications in managing the spread of the infestation. They even give humans a fighting chance in some cases! The original paper (PDF) can be found at their professor's website."

Clearly, the coolest part is that the students are from Carleton and Ottawa U. Way to make math fun!