Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Birthday Problem Revisited

Math people, history people, social science people, people people--this one's for you.

What follows in this New York Times article is a nice exposition of a classic puzzle.

Does anyone in your family share a birthday? Steven Strogatz writes. . .

By an amazing coincidence my sister, Cathy, and my Aunt Vere have the same birthday: April 4.

Read on.

Actually, this entire Steven Strogatz series about math in everyday life is excellent.

1 comment:

  1. This is an interesting series of articles. My husband and our son have the same birthday, but my cousin is the first person I knew to have it. The latter fits the "23 people" rule but the former is still odd after a decade. ~D