Of Bacon and Erdos

And now for something entirely silly

I have an Erdos Number of no more than 6.

For certain:
Wheeler (3) -> Shetron -> Lambert->Me

(I suspect it’s actually 1 lower because Lambert published A LOT, but I haven’t found the path yet)

My Bacon number is no more than 4 3
Kevin Bacon -> Maud Winchester -> Edward Olmos ->Brad Dourif -> Kevin Grazier -> Me


My Erdos-Bacon number is thus 10 8


  1. Melissa Gay October 6, 2009 at 11:08 pm #

    OMG OMG OMG. I want an Erdos number so badly that I will provide a free illustration for publication to anyone with a single-digit Erdos number!!!!

  2. Blaise Pascal October 6, 2009 at 11:10 pm #

    According to The Oracle of Bacon, Dr. Kevin R. Grazier has a Bacon number of 2, via the movie The Great War of Magellan with Brad Dourif, who was in Murder In The FIrst with Kevin Bacon.

    Thus your Bacon number is no more than 3, assuming you count documentaries.

  3. jody boese October 6, 2009 at 11:26 pm #

    i have no idea of my erdos number but since I once stage managed a reading with K Bacon, I usually have a Bacon separation of two or three.

  4. Alice October 8, 2009 at 3:28 am #

    You win! I’m glad you finally found out what your number is.


  5. Alexandre Girardot October 9, 2009 at 12:54 pm #

    What’s an Erdos number ?

  6. pamela Gay October 11, 2009 at 11:58 pm #

    You can read about Erdos Numbers here: http://www.oakland.edu/enp/

  7. Dan Henderson January 7, 2010 at 8:39 pm #

    I think you might really enjoy a recent episode of the terrific WNYC podcast RadioLab, all on Numbers. One major segment is on Erdos, and it’s a fascinating story:


  8. Dan Henderson January 8, 2010 at 3:33 pm #

    Actually, my all-time favorite episode of RadioLab was the one they did on Space:


    Highly recommended. Along with AstronomyCast, of course!

  9. hale-bopp March 12, 2014 at 2:07 pm #

    I have a Bacon number of 2 (very solid…the only way I could get lower is to be in a movie with Kevin Bacon)

    Since I am listed as an author with you on an IYA paper, I have an Erdos number of at most 7.

    Now the kicker, I have a Sabbath Number of at most 7 (I have done musicals with multiple people who have done shows with Ann Morrison. Her Sabbath number is 5 and I am two degrees from her…I have found a second route as well through another person I have done shows with who went on to Broadway and get a Sabbath Number of 7 through her as well).

    Therefore, I can claim the rare Erdos-Bacon-Sabbath number of at most 16. I consider just getting this number to be achievement.

  10. pamela March 12, 2014 at 8:22 pm #

    Your Erdos-Bacon-Sabbath number is truly a thing of glory!

  11. hale-bopp August 3, 2014 at 7:50 pm #

    Found a neat site from Microsoft Research. I searched myself and it returned an Erdos number of four (three different paths through three different co-authors all yielded an Erdos number of four for me interestingly enough).

    I had to punch your name it. You can now claim an Erdos number of four as well. If this link works, you can see your connection. http://academic.research.microsoft.com/VisualExplorer#34273511&1112639

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