Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Theory Meets Hollywood

Benjamin Rosenbaum (via BoingBoing) develops a theory of Bacon-Erdös numbers:
...the preliminary work has already been done. Brian Greene, for instance, has an Erdös number of 3, and a Bacon number of 2. Thus, my proposed conversion function (allowing edges in the unified Bacon-Erdös graph to represent two people either appearing together in a movie or coauthoring a paper) is as follows:

Finding: an actor with a Bacon number of N has, at most, a Baconized Erdös number of N+5. Similarly, an academic with an Erdös number of M has, at most, an Erdösinated Bacon number of M + 5.


  1. Dan Kleitman does better, he has a Bacon number of 2 and an Erdös number of 1.

  2. Does he actually appear in Good Will Hunting, or is he just a technical advisor? (The Erdos site claims he appears, but they then link to a gag gif, so maybe they are kidding?)

    I think canonical Bacon numbers construe appearing in a movie as being listed in the credits in an onscreen role...


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