Mayim Bialik’s Erdos-Bacon number is 7. Dr. Bialik was the central character in the 1990's sitcom Blossom and now plays Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler on my now-favorite television comedy, The Big Bang Theory. In between, she earned a doctorate in neuroscience from UCLA. Wikipedia
Mayim Bialik’s Erdos-Bacon number is 7. Mine is non-existent. Apparently, so is Kevin Bacon’s (the ‘Bacon’ of the Erdős-Bacon number) as he has presumably not authored a mathematical paper linking back to Erdős. Too funny - Kevin Bacon can’t even play the game of which he is one half.
If we stretched a bit, I could have a Bacon number of 2, as I faithfully watched and was a fan of Bacon’s wife Kyra Sedgwick in The Closer. And maybe I can finagle a math credit somehow for some of my grade school algebraic machinations.
A stretch, I know.
But aren’t scientists cute? They’ve actually tried to make what is clearly a “I know somebody famous” exercise into a scholarly pursuit, labeling it an effort to measure the “small world phenomena in academia and entertainment” Wikipedia: Erdos-Bacon number The point of the exercise is to track your own degrees of separation from a mathematician and a movie star and add the two together to arrive at your own number.
In other words, I know somebody famous! And I know them closer/better/with more bragging rights than you!
Like I said, it’s very cute.
Hey, I once saw John Larroquette in an airport in Toronto.
Better yet, I once chased Jimmy Fallon in his limo as he departed from an SNL taping. You had to be there – let’s just say that a mom will do a lot for a beloved step-daughter, even at 2 a.m in NYC. So – Jimmy Fallon and Kevin Bacon appeared in the same article in Deadline Hollywood
And I actually have been in a film (about peacemaking) and I’m pretty sure Kevin Bacon is a fan of world peace. I know, I know, I really don’t get the concept, do I?
But that’s my story and I’m sticking to it: I have Bacon score of 2 and an Erdos score of 2 trillion (it takes awhile to get from my grade school self to Dr. Erdős), giving me an Erdős-Bacon score of 2 trillion and 2.