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Defending the Roman Empire

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Author:Ivars Peterson (MathTrek)
Description: Questions of military strategy can be handled mathematically. Charles S. ReVelle of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and Kenneth E. Rosing, recently retired from Erasmus University Rotterdam, describe their approach in the August-September American Mathematical Monthly. ReVelle is a pioneer in the relatively new and rapidly growing field of location science, which involves the use of mathematical techniques to determine the best places to put fire stations, hospitals, fast-food restaurants, or even military units. One classic case goes back to the years of the Roman empire's decline...

Levels: High School (9-12), College
Languages: English
Resource Types: Articles
Math Topics: History and Biography, Linear Programming, Optimization

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