Wednesday, May 20, 2009

More fascinating reading

No, not about journalism, but about cities as "living organisms" and how uncannily the mathematics that help explain an urban area (Zipf's law applied) also seem to have a parallel in zoology.

Aside from journalism, one of my other nerdish tendencies is a love of cities, transportation, urban planning and urban affairs (guess it comes from growing up on subways and buses).

So I found mathematician Steven Strogatz's "Math and the City" column in the N.Y. Times fascinating. Maybe you will, too.

(Zipf's law, transformed into the Pereto power curve, of course, also rears its head all over the Internet.)

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