Numbers, words, and persons in intellectual objects

Why do we prefer numbers?

Mathematical model of a non-collaborative urban goods delivery scenario, in which each company defines its delivery plan independently, in which customers are never shared and each company is just trying to minimize its own routing costs. Hence, each company individually solves itsown vehicle routing problem with vehicle capacity constraints for a local optimization.
Andrés Muñoz-Villamizar et al, “Non-Collaborative versus Collaborative Last-Mile Delivery in Urban Systems with Stochastic Demands.” Procedia CIRP 30 (2015) 263–268, from: [accessed Jul 29 2022].
Flowchart of the new coronavirus transmission model with variables and parameters, from the article “Mathematical model describing CoViD-19 in São Paulo, Brazil — evaluating isolation as control mechanism and forecasting epidemiological scenarios of release” by H. M. Yang et al, published in open access in Epidemiology & Infection journal.



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David A. Palmer

I’m an anthropologist who’s passionate about exploring different realities. I write about spirituality, religion, and worldmaking.