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Thursday, February 22, 2007

Erdos-Bacon Number

Everybody knows about the legendary Kevin Bacon game and the resulting Bacon number. Some of you might be aware of the root of this idea from mathematics called the Erdos number, which connects scholars to the prolific Hungarian mathematician Paul Erdos.

But how many of you knew about the Erdos-Bacon number? This hilarious concept combines your connection to Paul Erdos as well as Kevin Bacon. Sci-Fi writer and blogger Ben Rosenbaum thought of this idea a couple of years back and Cory Doctorow blogged about it as well.

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