Monday, November 30, 2009

Blog namesake edition

A University of Plymouth study tests the "Infinite Monkey Theorem."

Who and when: Students at University of Plymouth, 2003, paid for from a £2,000 Arts Council grant

The aim: To test the "infinite monkey theory", which states that if a monkey hits keys at random on a typewriter keyboard for an infinite amount of time, it will almost surely type a given text, such as the complete works of William Shakespeare.

And the kicker:

What was learnt: The theory is flawed. After one month...the monkeys had partially destroyed the machine, used it as a lavatory, and mostly typed the letter "s".

[NB: I was reminded of this brilliant one-act by David Ives.]

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