In 2009, Robert Smith? became famous for an academic paper that used mathematical modelling to examine a hypothetical zombie outbreak. In Mathematical Modelling of Zombies, the University of Ottawa biomathematics professor takes it to the next level, with an entire textbook devoted to preparing for the undead apocalypse.
His apocalypse survival kit includes mathematical models, differential equations and adaptive strategies for zombie attacks. He also looks at how modelling can advise government policy and how theoretical results can be communicated to a lay audience.
Over the top? Not quite. By understanding how to combat zombies, readers are introduced to a wide variety of modelling techniques and taught useful skills that can be applied to real-world issues such as infectious diseases and the global ecology.