Nothing is cooler than having mathematicians crunching numbers and then when they publish their result it says stuff like this
a zombie outbreak is likely to lead to the collapse of civilization, unless it is dealt with quickly.
the most effective way to contain the rise of the undead is to hit hard and hit often
Except maybe when you unleash the economists to refute the original assumptions underlying zombie infestation calculations! (check out the comments on the Freakonomics blog)