The Mythbusters: Erdos-Bacon-Sabbath Number

The Mythbusters:  Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman

That’s right, mo-fo’s!  We got the Mythbusters on the list, with a total Erdos-Bacon-Sabbath Number of 11!  Check this out…

The Details

Bacon and Sabbath Numbers

From Ross, over at the Erdos Bacon Sabbath Project:  “Both have a Bacon number of 2 from their appearance in The Darwin Awards and a flimsy Sabbath connection via Discovery Channel’s I Love the Whole World ad campaign. Adam may have a stronger claim to a Sabbath number from his w00tsock song performances with Paul and Storm.”

The albeit-flimsy Sabbath link through the Discovery Channel’s commercial links them to Stephen Hawking (according to the wikipedia entry).  Stephen Hawking is of course the leader of EBS number holders, and so we can use his Sabbath Number of 2 to declare Adam and Jamie have a Sabbath number of 3.

Erdos Number

(Credit to January First-of-May and myself to working these links out)

-> Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman to Nicole Waguespack

Making a point: wood- versus stone-tipped projectiles
Nicole M. Waguespack, Todd A. Surovell, Allen Denoyer, Alice Dallow, Adam Savage, Jamie Hyneman and Dan Tapster

-> Nicole M. Waguespack to Paul Jeffrey Brantingham

Global archaeological evidence for proboscidean overkill
Todd Surovell, Nicole Waguespack, P. Jeffrey Brantingham
Journal: Proceedings of The National Academy of Sciences – PNAS , vol. 102, no. 17, pp. 6231-6236, 2005

-> Paul Jeffrey Brantingham to Patricia L. Brantingham

Crime Attractors, Generators and Detractors: Land Use and Urban Crime Opportunities
J. Bryan Kinney, Patricia L Brantingham, Kathryn Wuschke, Michael G Kirk, Paul J Brantingham
Journal: Built Environment , vol. 34, no. 1, pp. 62-74, 2008

-> Patricia L. Brantingham to Peter B. Borwein

The social impact in a high-risk community: A cellular automata model
Vahid Dabbaghian, Valerie Spicer, Suraj K. Singh, Peter Borwein, Patricia Brantingham
Journal: Journal of Computational Science , vol. 2, no. 3, pp. 238-246, 2011

-> Peter B. Borwein to Tamas Erdelyi

Peter B. Borwein ( is a well-known mathematician who has been shown to have an Erdos number of 2, over at the Erdos Number Project site, via Andras Kroo.

So that’s Erdos = 6:   Mythbusters -> Waguespack -> Paul Brantingham -> Patricia Brantingham -> Borwein -> Kroo -> Erdos

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