Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Wednesday Night Swarthmore Blogging

Your Erdős number is the minimum number of collaborations it takes to link you with Hungarian mathematician Paul Erdős. Your Bacon number is the number of collaborations it takes to link you with Kevin Bacon (as in "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.") Your Erdős-Bacon number is the sum of the two. Not surprising, few have a finite Erdős-Bacon number, but the one of the two people with the lowest known is Dave Bayer '77, Swarthmore alum. He was Russell Crowe's math-writing hand in "A Beautiful Mind" and he publishes in a number of different areas of mathematics.

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