well Apparently the long running debate on how long would it take for the world to be over run by zombies has been answered in the upcoming Book “Mathematical Modeling of Zombies” (University of Ottawa Press, 2014).
Robert Smith? calculated that if one zombie were introduced to a city of 500,000 people, after one week every human would either be dead or a zombie.
now take the premise of AMC’s walking dead that ever one is infected and if you die, you come back.. and take a look at how many natural deaths occur in your city or town on a daily basis. NYC has an average of a 152 deaths per day. Hmmm Sorry NYC your toast in less than a week.
the following is from Live science,
” This equation could spell your doom: (bN)(S/N)Z = bSZ. That is, if you ever found yourself in the midst of a zombie pandemic.
That’s because the calculation describes the rate of zombie transmission, from one walking dead individual to many, according to its creators, Robert J. Smith?, a mathematics professor at the University of Ottawa who spells his name with a “?” at the end, and his students. Smith’s work has inspired other researchers to create zombie mathematical models, which will be published with Smith’s work in the upcoming book,
Though of course done tongue-in-cheek, Smith’s study demonstrates why zombies are the viruses of the monster world. Their likeness to viruses makes the creatures ideal subjects for theoretical epidemiological analyses, which can be used to capture the public’s imagination as well as explore scientific principles, Smith said. [Zombie Facts: Real and Imagined (Infographic)]
As for a zombie apocalypse, Smith’s model shows that a zombie infection would spread quickly (with N representing total population, S the number of susceptible people, Z the zombies, and bthe likelihood of transmission). It also shows that zombies would overtake the world— there’s no chance for a “stable equilibrium” in which humans could coexist with the undead or eradicate the disease.
Only coordinated attacks against the zombies would save humanity, the model shows.”
~Michael Dhar, LiveScience Contributor | July 30, 2013
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