30 March 2009

Vampire maths

A few days ago the maths blog Punk Rock Operations Research posted an item entitled ‘On vampires and stochastic processes’. The article suggests that vampires of the kind portrayed in Western literature would inevitably undergo a massive population explosion with catastrophic results (both for them and, presumably, their human prey). However, comments on the original article and on the New Scientist’s report offer various mechanisms which would allow vampire populations to remain small. Perhaps slayers are an essential part of the vampire ecosystem!

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