Dear Ben Rosenbaum
With all due respect, you may be up-and-coming, but you've reinvented the wheel, and wrongly at that. Dang, I should have skipped the college math courses I teach and just come to Noreascon.
The lowest sum of Bacon and Erdos Numbers is well-known to be Bruce Reznick.
As I said on Making Light
Open thread 23
May 26, 2004 11:24:26 PM EDT
"And I know the guy, Bruce Resnick, who has the lowest known total of Erdos Number + Kevin Bacon Number. He has an Erdos Number of 1 (coauthored with Erdos) and a Kevin Bacon number of 2 (appeared in "Goodwill Hunting" with someone who was in some other movie with Kevin Bacon). Unless Kevin Bacon writes a math paper..."
Then on Open thread 23
May 27, 2004 9:32:15 AM EDT
Fun pages about Erdos Numbers:
Some Famous People with Finite Erdös Numbers
Thrill at how "Felipe Voloch found what seems to be the oldest mathematicican known to have a finite Erdös number, Richard Dedekind (1831-1916). His number is at most 7, via this path: H. Weber -- W. Jacobsthal -- R. Fuchs -- L.Hopf -- A. Einstein -- E. Straus -- P. Erdös."
Laugh at how, among Nobel Laureates, Albert Einstein [1921, Physics] has an Erdos Number of 2, while Erwin Schrödinger [1933, Physics] has an Erdos Number of 8.
But wait... there's more!
The Erdös Number Project Extended
to answer these burning questions:
* Who is The Youngest to Gain an Erdös Number?
* Which Movie Star has the lowest Erdös Number?
* Does Joan Baez have an Erdös Number of 3 ?
* Do any animals have an Erdös Number ? Is it possible
* Just what are the principles of Mathematical
* Did my Partner Acquire an Erdös Number on marriage ?
If Not, How can he/she acquire a finite one?
* Can a character in a novel gain an Erdös Number ?
* "Basic Rule for Assigning Erdös Numbers: Was enough
Chutzbah involved in the claim for it to be taken
Then I started a blog for precisely what Ben Rosenbaum
stumbled onto later and in which he is now stumbling
Especially look at the initial thread, which is all about Erdos numbers IN SCIENCE FICTION by way of "Asimov Numbers":
Anyway, congratulations on writing science fiction, and thanks again for following my references here.
To see MY Erdos Number derivation, since it also connects with your Dad's coauthor Daniel Kleitman, via 3 Nobel laureates:
Jonathan Vos Post
(erdos Number = 5)
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