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Apparently Gwyneth Paltrow is more important than Francis Bacon.

Actually, our Wikipedia-based ranking puts Francis Bacon as the 86th most historically significant person, while Gwyneth Paltrow weighs in at only 5,194.   Wikipedia gets this ranking right if you interpet the data properly.

This is the subject of our forthcoming book "Who's Bigger?: Where Historical Figures Really Rank", soon to be published by Cambridge University Press.   For details check out our webpage at www.whoisbigger.com

Steven Skiena
Dept. of Computer Science
Stony Brook University


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Date: Fri, Jun 14, 2013 at 4:44 PM
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HI – Recall, these authoritative social graphreferences are from Wikipedia.

Note that Wikipedia has 11,454 words for its comprehensive, encyclopedic entry for the May 2013 sequel Iron Man 3.”

The same comprehensive online reference coversthe entirety of 16th Century Philosophy in 162 words  

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/16th-century_philosophy

Apparently Gwyneth Paltrow is more important than Francis Bacon.

Another big WTF? You bet. 

-j

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From: John T. Maloney [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Friday, June 14, 2013 1:21 PM
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Hi - Good to know.

Remember, too, Facebook invented the social graph.

Social graph "...was popularized at the Facebook f8 conference on May 24, 2007, when it was used to explain that the Facebook Platform, which was introduced at the same time, would benefit from the social graph by taking advantage of the relationships between individuals." -Wikipedia

Gee-whiz! I didn't know that.

Of course you should all know --

"One of the earliest known forms of the social graph was created in 2002 by Harvard student Philippe Bouzaglou in a paper published on the Harvard Department of Economics website." -Wikipedia

G-o-l-l-y, Sur-prise, sur-prise, sur-prise! It’s fun learning something new every day.

Let’s be sure to give credit where credit is due. These deserve the double WTF-WTF.

-j

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