Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky is a linguist and political activist. In the world of linguistics, he is famous for proposing the theory of universal grammar and for his work on formal languages; in the world of politics he is a prominent American left-wing intellectual.

“Oppan Chomsky style” — MIT lipdub

Chomsky’s Erdős number comes from his work with Marcel-Paul Schützenberger, which links the theory of formal languages with abstract algebra. His Bacon and Sabbath numbers stem from his role in American politics: he has appeared in any number of documentaries, and his political speeches have been sampled by musicians including Bassnectar and Buckethead.

Erdős 4

Bacon 3

Sabbath 4


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