The odds of writing Paradise Lost…

...by drawing the text letter by letter (and word for word) from a bag containing the twenty six letters of the alphabet, each letter being replaced after being drawn.

For anyone planning to attempt this, John Venn (the guy who invented Venn diagrams) helpfully calculated the odds in his 1888 book The Logic of Chance.

The odds come out to 1 in 26350,000. In other words, not impossible. So start picking those letters!




Posted By: Alex - Fri Nov 11, 2016
Category: Literature, Books





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"Ford!" he said, "there's an infinite number of monkeys outside who want to talk to us about this script for Hamlet they've worked out." LOL
Posted by KDP in Madill, OK on 11/11/16 at 09:14 AM
Imagine a scene with an editor:

"you worthless simians. We've already got 'Twelth Night'"
Posted by crc in idaho on 11/12/16 at 06:28 AM
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