The Dilemma-Zone Calculation

Yellow traffic lights posed and provided an opportunity for applied mathematicians. Witness this study, published more than a half century ago: “The Problem of the Amber Signal Light in Traffic Flow,” Denos Gazis [pictured here, reportedly thrilling an audience],  Robert Herman,  and Alexei Maradudint, Operations Research, vol. 8, no. 1, 1960, pp. 112-132. The authors, […]

The “Australian actresses are plagiarizing my quantum mechanics lecture” dilemma

MIT professor Scott Aaronson, in his blog, describes his interesting dilemma. It concerns the video shown below: Australian actresses are plagiarizing my quantum mechanics lecture to sell printers I tried to think of a witty, ironic title for this post, but in the end, I simply couldn’t. The above title is a literal statement of fact. […]