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Scott Chase wrote:
> >From: Chris Taylor <Christopher.Taylor@man.ac.uk>
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> >Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2001 15:11:44 +0000
> >No, Jimmy Page is the only god (and he's made a fair profit).
> Aleister Crowley's "memes" connect Jimmy Page and Ozzy Osbourne. I wonder
> what their Bacon numbers are.
> For those not familiar with the "Bacon number", it is an index of how far
> removed someone is from the prolific actor Kevin Bacon. It's a degrees of
> separation thang. People are actually experts on this sort of triviality.
A much better one is the Erdös number - which is the number
mathematicians have that indicates how many steps they are from having
coauthored a paper with Paul Erdös. Most have a number no more than 4.
I prefer to work out the Darwin number. My own is 4. I have shaken hands
with someone who shook hands with someone who shook hands with Darwin.
Assuming nobody washed in that time, I might get Chagas disease :-)
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