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Braees paradox and traffic jam problem

This is a puzzling question: do not necessarily construct more freeways you reduce traffic jam in big cities. Know why reading this article (Portuguese)

http://scienceblogs.com.br/100nexos/2009/07/o_paradoxo_de_braess_e_a_ampli.php

It talks about a curious mathematic paradox known by “Braess Paradox”, motivated by an intention of Sao Paulo public government to extend Marginal freeway, always got stuck in rush hours.

It’s a long post but interesting to read specially if you like Science and Math.

To know more about Braess Paradox (Wikipedia):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Braess%27_paradox

English article that sustains this idea (Scientif American magazine):

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=removing-roads-and-traffic-lights

July 30, 2009 - Posted by | Bike, Life in general | ,

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