Mar 16, 2023

The Hidden Mathematics of Crowds: How Pedestrians Inadvertently Self-Organize

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Mathematical research from the University of Bath in the United Kingdom has shed new light on the formation and behavior of crowds.

Have you ever pondered how people, without having a discussion or even giving it a second thought, instinctively form lanes when walking through a crowded area?

A new theory, developed by mathematicians at the University of Bath in the UK and led by Professor Tim Rogers, explains this phenomenon. This theory is able to predict when lanes will be straight but also when they will be curved.

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