Brian Cox, EBS #13

Sean from Timeblimp floated the possibility of rock star/particle physicist Brian Cox having a well-defined Erdős-Bacon-Sabbath number, but to my knowledge nobody has actually worked out what it is. So here goes.

It’s easy to find Brian Cox’s Bacon and Sabbath numbers (they’re both three) but his Erdős number is somewhat harder. I managed to find a path of length seven using only papers with three coauthors or fewer, but Cox has worked in gigantic collaborations like ATLAS. It may be possible to get a shorter path through one of the papers he shares with thousands of coauthors.

Erdős number 7

Brian Cox
Hard colour singlet exchange at the Tevatron
Leif Lönnblad
Small-x dipole evolution beyond the large-Nc limit
Gösta Gustafson
The action-angle variables for the massless relativistic string in 1+1 dimensions
Bo Söderberg
Scaling laws for mode lockings in circle maps
Boris Shraiman
Scaling theory for noisy period-doubling transitions to chaos
C. Eugene Wayne
The Euler-Bernoulli beam equation with boundary energy dissipation
Steven George Krantz
Intersection graphs for families of balls in Rn
Paul Erdős

Bacon number 3

Brian Cox
Stargazing Live
Jonathan Ross
John Hurt
Jayne Mansfield’s Car
Kevin Bacon

Sabbath number 3

Brian Cox
Darren Wharton
Thin Lizzy
Tomy Aldridge
Ozzy Osbourne
Ozzy Osbourne