Michael’s Erdős-Bacon number is 5.
A person’s Erdős–Bacon number is the sum of one’s Erdős number—which measures the “collaborative distance” in authoring mathematical papers between that person and Hungarian mathematician Paul Erdős—and one’s Bacon number—which represents the number of links, through roles in films, by which the individual is separated from American actor Kevin Bacon. The lower the number, the closer a person is to Erdős and Bacon, which reflects a small world phenomenon in academia and entertainment.
Michael’s Erdős Number
Michael’s Erdős number currently stands at 3, via the following route:
Michael published with Andrew M.Odlyzko, in
Deborah Estrin, K. Mani Chandy, Robert Michael Young, Larry Smarr, Andrew M. Odlyzko, David D. Clark, Viviane Reding, Toru Ishida, Sharad Sharma, Vinton G. Cerf, Urs Hölzle, Luiz André Barroso, Geoff Mulligan, Adrian Hooke, and Chip Elliott, Internet Predictions, IEEE Internet Computing, 2010
Andrew M.Odlyzko published with Peter C. Fishburn, in:
Peter C. Fishburn and Andrew M. Odlyzko, Dynamic behavior of differential pricing and quality of service options for the internet, Decision Support Systems, 2000
Peter C. Fishburn published with Paul Erdős, in:
Paul Erdős and Peter C. Fishburn, Distinct distances in finite planar sets, Discrete Mathematics, 1997
Michael’s Bacon Number
MIchael’s Bacon number currently stands at 2, via the following route:
Michael appeared in the television show Nova, season 40, episode 2, titled Forensics on Trial.
along with Bray Paul (as the Narrator), who appeared (as Third Ad Executive) along with Kevin Bacon in
Picture Perfect (1997)
Other Notable Erdős-Bacon numbers
Michael is behind the three lowest known Erdős-Bacon number holders: Daniel Kleitman (Erdős-Bacon of 3), Bruce Reznick (Erdős-Bacon of 3), and Nicholas Metropolis (Erdős-Bacon of 4). Ken Goldberg, Stephen Hawking and Colin Firth are immediately behind Michael, with Erdos-Bacon numbers of 6. Coming in behind these guys are Carl Sagan (Erdős-Bacon of 6), Noam Chomsky (Erdős-Bacon of 7) and Natalie Portman (Erdős-Bacon of 7).