eBay auction for a lower Erdos number.
kevin bacon should do this.
Feh. Mine is already 3.
whats next, ebay auctions for doing taxes? wait a damn minute….that just might work.
I’m curious, has anyone spotted any Amazon listings for products that don’t exist, the way that Ebay is selling a lot of intangibles these days?
sarah, not off the top of my head. But iirc Half Life 2 is still listed as being released in 1969
Do e-books count?
As a real live mathematician, maybe I should place a bid. Heck, I could probably even use grant money to pay for it…
If you’ve published, chances are very high that your Erdos number is already no greater than 5.
Still, it’s a hillarious concept.
I’m pretty sure that I’m a 6. It seems impossible to find a path lower than that, but of course there could be one. I’m an applied mathematician, and I think that generally people in applied mathematics have higher Erdos numbers (even really big names).
Nick, maybe you should find a computer scientist to partner with. I ended up with a 3 after publishing a CS paper (half theory, half applied) — and I didn’t even realize I had such a low Erdos number until I started thinking that my advisor’s advisor was a pretty well-connected guy. Then again, I tend to think people should just do what they like to do and let the pieces fall where they may. One day maybe people will be auctioning Nick numbers, or trying to stay at hotels where you purportedly stayed one night — I doubt Erdos was worried about such things.
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