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Wonder Years Math

  1. Aug 10, 2007 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    Percolation and Gibbs states multiplicity for ferromagnetic Ashkin-Teller models on Z2
    http://www.iop.org/EJ/abstract/0305-4470/31/45/005

    One of the two student authors was the actress who played Winnie Cooper on The Wonder Years.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danica_McKellar
     
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  3. Aug 10, 2007 #2

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  4. Aug 11, 2007 #3
    winnie has a finite erdos-bacon number! (six) an erdos-bacon number is the sum of someone's erdos number & their bacon number. apparently people with finite erdos-bacon numbers are very rare. i guess they would be since someone would have to be on both the erdos graphs & the bacon graphs. (in other words showbiz people & math people) daniel kleitman, for example, is tied for the lowest erdos-bacon number since he authored a paper with erdos and also worked as an advisor for good will hunting. erdos' erdos-bacon number is also 3.
     
  5. Aug 11, 2007 #4

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    I am puzzled by the use of 'finite'. Does this mean that most people have infinite erdos-bacon numbers?
     
  6. Aug 11, 2007 #5

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    Yes; one's Erdos-Bacon number is the smallest number of links you need to connect yourself to Erdos through academic papers and to Bacon through movies. If both connections cannot be done, your number is thus infinite.
     
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