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The Feynman Interval - Impressions and Expressions of Ijon
February 20th, 2002
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The Feynman Interval
From Brian Tung's "Thought of the day" at his homepage:

"The Feynman interval of a scientific speaker is the expected time between mentions of Richard Feynman in any context. It is defined for a surpringly large set of speakers."
Tung's bio is amusing, too.

Note to self: resume reading Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman. avva must be missing it.

Current Mood: amused
Current Music: Counting Crows -- Round Here

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Date:February 20th, 2002 05:26 am (UTC)

Whuddya mean, surprising?

It's zero for speakers who've never mentioned Feynman, and the mean time between mentions for those who have! The "suprisingly large" set is in fact identical to the set of "scientific speakers".

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Date:February 20th, 2002 11:51 am (UTC)
Err, my copy of Feynman's is at your place? I had no idea! I thought it was lost forever.
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Date:February 21st, 2002 01:49 am (UTC)
Soon this sort of thing will happen less often for you.

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Date:February 27th, 2002 08:35 am (UTC)
happy birthday!!

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Date:February 28th, 2002 02:07 am (UTC)

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