Aug. 17, 2009
Canadian scientists have published an analysis on whether humans could survive an outbreak of zombies. The mathematical models indicate that, even with options for cures and quarantine, humanity doesn't have a good chance against zombies. As the authors note in their paper, "We show that only quick, aggressive attacks can stave off the doomsday scenario: the collapse of society as zombies overtake us all."
Yes, there is a practical side to this mathematical exercise--modeling spread of infectious disease. The article is part of a book titled "Infectious Disease Modelling Research Progress" from Nova Publishers. But as the authors note in an interview, "Modelling zombies would be the same as modelling swine flu, with some differences for sure, but it is much more interesting to read."
Given the results of the analysis, it might be a good idea to get a copy of "The Zombie Survival Guide".