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Zombies to Invade Berkshire Community College Oct. 28

Berkshire Community College (BCC) will host a talk and book signing for Colin Adams, a Williams College professor of mathematics and author of Zombies and Calculus, on Tues., Oct. 28 at 12:15 p.m. in the SBA Lounge located on the institution’s Main Campus in Pittsfield.

Adams, a humor columnist for the Mathematical Intelligencer, is one of Zombies and  Calculustoday’s most outlandish and entertaining popular math writers.

Zombies and Calculus is the account of Craig Williams, a math professor at a small liberal arts college in New England, who, in the middle of a calculus class, finds himself suddenly confronted by a late-arriving student whose hunger is not for knowledge. As the zombie virus spreads and civilization crumbles, Williams uses calculus to help his small band of survivors defeat the hordes of the undead. Along the way, readers learn how to avoid being eaten by taking advantage of the fact that zombies always point their tangent vector toward their target, and how to use exponential growth to determine the rate at which the virus is spreading.

No knowledge of mathematics is necessary to enjoy this talk.

The event is free and open to the public. No registration is required. Copies of Zombies and Calculus are available for purchase at BCC’s bookstore located in the SBA Building.

FORUM credit is available to BCC students.

For more information about the book, visit http://press.princeton.edu/titles/10315.html.