Michael’s Erdős-Bacon number is 6.
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 4, via the following route:
Michael published with David Roberts, in
David Roberts published with Frank S. Roberts, in:
Frank S. Roberts published with Frank Harary, in:
Frank Harary published with Paul Erdős, in:
Erdős, Paul, Frank Harary and William T. Tutte. On the dimensions of a graph. Mathematica 12.02 (1965): 118-122.
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
Carl Sagan is tied with Michael, with an Erdős-Bacon number of 6. Ken Goldberg is also tied with Michael. Almost as good as Goldberg, Sagan and Michael are Noam Chomsky (Erdős-Bacon of 7) and Natalie Portman (Erdős-Bacon of 7).