Saturday, September 12, 2009

Zombiequilibrium: Math at the Movies

If you were a normal moviegoer sitting through the opening credits of “Casino Royale,” you might notice the snappy visuals, or you might begin dwelling on how this new Bond is a lot less refined than the previous ones, what with all the brawling and fisticuffs.

On the other hand, if you were a mathematician, you would also be noticing that the animated pattern of playing-card clubs, as they hypnotically subdivide on screen, starts to look an awful lot like a fractal.

excerpt from “The mysterious equilibrium of zombies” by Samuel Arbesman on

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