Random wikipedia links of interest

(/Well, I found them interesting…)

1) Banach–Tarski paradox

2) Origin of the domestic dog

3) War of the Polish Succession

4) Lotka–Volterra equation

5) Empire of Brazil


January 14, 2010 - Posted by | Biology, Evolutionary biology, History, knowledge sharing, Mathematics, Wikipedia, Zoology


  1. Re 1): I thought I’d share a problem that I stumbled on back in 9th grade – split a square into acute angle triangles, aka acute square triangulation. At first try not only did I fail to solve it, but I thought I had a proof that it cannot be done – this was in the days when the Internet was a rare luxury where I lived. Upon my torturer’s insisting there was a solution, I found one with 16 triangles, and felt like a genius. Then he showed me one with 8 [sigh].

    Re 4): How about a more interesting problem – when the prey becomes the predator upon consumption. As you could have guessed, this is about zombies [chuckle]:

    Comment by Plamus | January 15, 2010 | Reply

  2. Re. 4: I’m not sure it’s more interesting, I think it depends if you’re a biologist or a doctor; some relatively similar dynamics to the ones related to the ‘zombie scenario’ often apply in epidemiology, ie. when it comes to disease transmission – without having read the paper, I’m fairly sure it’s a pretty standard disease transmission model they’re using in the zombie paper. Is it more fun to analyze the dynamics of a population with HIV-infected citizens (‘living dead’) than it is to analyze the dynamics of the population of wolves and rabbits in an area? I don’t know about that.

    I’m pretty sure I’ve seen that zombie paper before, I believe the question of how they had obtained funding to write a paper like that came up in the discussion…

    Comment by US | January 15, 2010 | Reply

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