Thursday, March 4, 2010

Phun with Physics

The vampire's contagious nature raises two major qualms concerning the possibility of its existence: 1) if vampires need to feed regularly, why aren't we overrun with them? 2) if they did exist, wouldn't their parasitic nature lead to the destruction of the human race and themselves?

These questions are explored in Jennifer Ouellette's "A Vexation of Zombies" and Mark Strauss' "Physicists Prove That Vampires Could Not Exist".

Incidentally, you can access the article by Dino Sejdinovic mentioned in Ouellette's blog entry, by scrolling through the "Miscellanea" on Dino's publications page.
It appeared in Math Horizons (November 2008).

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