MIT folks love ratings and nerdy stuff, and the website Time Blimp serves up a savory combination of those elements. For example, Time Blimp has developed a ranting for the coolest nerds by identifying people who have been in diverse professional collaborations such acting like a movie, publishing an academic article, and playing some music. The great news is that three MIT alumni have reached this pinnacle.
“In a nutshell, it combines Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon (which you’ve probably heard of) with Erdos Numbers (which maybe rings a bell, if you’re a mathematician) and Sabbath Numbers (same deal, with the band Black Sabbath). If you’ve been in a movie you probably have a Bacon Number, if you’ve coauthored a research publication you likely have an Erdos number, and if you’ve gigged as a professional musician you might have a Sabbath Number. If you have all three, you are …on the highly exclusive list of people with an Erdos-Bacon-Sabbath number.”
MITers who have reach this peak:
- Richard Feynman ’38 theoretical physicist
- Buzz Aldrin ScD ’63, astronaut, author
- Woody Paul aka Paul Chrisman PhD ’76, Riders in the Sky fiddler who will be profiled in the March issue of Technology Review.
See the the Erdős Bacon Sabbath Project for the complete list.