eBay auction for a lower Erdos number  APR 21 2004

eBay auction for a lower Erdos number.

There are 11 reader comments

phil54 21 200412:54PM

kevin bacon should do this.

Joe Ganley20 21 200410:20PM

Feh. Mine is already 3.

bob17 22 2004 2:17AM

whats next, ebay auctions for doing taxes? wait a damn minute....that just might work.

sarah26 22 2004 9:26AM

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?

michael17 22 2004 8:17PM

sarah, not off the top of my head. But iirc Half Life 2 is still listed as being released in 1969

James31 22 2004 9:31PM

Do e-books count?

Nick34 23 2004 9:34AM

As a real live mathematician, maybe I should place a bid. Heck, I could probably even use grant money to pay for it...

Joe Ganley10 23 200410:10AM

If you've published, chances are very high that your Erdos number is already no greater than 5.

lnh44 23 200410:44AM

Still, it's a hillarious concept.

Nick12 23 200411:12AM

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).

Rick Bradley50 23 2004 3:50PM

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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