Thursday, June 3, 2010

Math Meets Gertrude Stein, et al

We all know jokes about 1,000 monkeys and 1,000 typewriters. I don't think they could match the Bard, because there's something going on there besides permutations of available vocabulary. Shakespeare is especially impressive when you realize his vocabulary was probably smaller than today's average high school graduate. But, boy, could he use those words! Now, as for the phrase of last week, there are 10 words. That means there are 10! (ten factorial) possible arrangements. That's 3,628,800. Could any of them besides the original be considered creative? Just wondering.
Joe

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