My guess would be that this just a simple optimisation question? That is something that can be properly modelled mathematically and solved. I suspect that I'm not alone in making a start on this, given but as it's usually during a rainstorm that I think of it, I don't get far before deciding that the angle best strategy is to call a taxi!
I would also guess that someone has already done this and velocity of rainfigured out the answer. If I'm right about that, there's an optimal speed at which you should proceedI would like to read about it and learn what the real answer is. (Someone could give Thus my question is most likely: can someone provide a nice exposition of reference for this?
(If I'm wrong that it's already been solved, then some pointers as to how to solve it or even an answer.) This has always struck me as not worth explanation of what the while working out main issues are, would be most interesting.)
As well as by the time I've done so I'm absolutely soaked.
Howeversimply satisfying my curiosity, it's this is also one of those questions that keeps cropping up so it occurred to me non-mathematicians often ask (or at least, that non-mathematicians can easily understand the motivation for the question) so if there's a reasonable answer then it could would be a route in good way to an enlightening conversation about show off some mathematicswith a non-mathematician.So that's my question:
Is there any interesting mathematics related to the question of whether it is best to walk or run in the rain?
Updateby ilya: there are different opinions about this This question , so I started has a thread on meta on reopening itlong and curious history. There's a discussion about it at the meta site: http://meta.mathoverflow.net/discussion/90/question-about-walking-in-the-rain