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Imaginary – the root of terrorist intent
December 12, 2006, 12:09 am
Filed under: Mathematics, Politics

Via Bruce Schneier, this article describes how the US Department of Homeland Security has an equation used to determine what the likely terrorist targets are. One term of this equation is the square root of terrorist intent. Now, we all know that terrorists’ intent is surely negative. So the threat of terrorism is proportional to the square root of something negative. What does that make it? Yup… imaginary.

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3 Comments

A fairly complex analysis there! Do you think they are out of phase with public opinion? Perhaps they’re vectoring in on the wrong problem… 😉

Comment by woodpigeon

Let’s just hope Osama bin Laden knows maths! 😉

Comment by Chris

He’s an engineer, he ought to!

Comment by Dan Goodman




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