Amanda Ripley


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Wal-Mart, The Who and a Brief History of Stampedes

7th Dec 2008 posted in General

I am endlessly fascinated by the science of crowds. Why do some crowds remain orderly and safe, while other, equally large and rowdy crowds become deadly? The death of a security guard working at Wal-Mart on Black Friday was a reminder of the importance of physics—and fairness. Check out my latest story on how to prevent a crowd crush.

Thanks to Dr. G. Keith Still, my go-to guy on the science of crowds.