The Erdős-Bacon-Sabbath project celebrates creative academics and academic creatives by studying the connections between researchers, actors, and musicians. We've combined three measures of professional collaboration — Erdős numbers, the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, and the Black Sabbath game — to produce a rather fun game for people who enjoy complicated internet scavenger hunts.

The game is to find a well-known person who has published academically, released a song, and been involved in a movie or TV show. Their Erdős-Bacon-Sabbath number counts the papers, movies, and songs it takes to connect them to Paul Erdős, Kevin Bacon, and Black Sabbath, respectively. Anyone with a well-defined EBS number must have many talents and a fascinating backstory, but they turn out to be more numerous than you might think! The goal of this website is to discover these Renaissance men and women and to tell their stories.

Tim Blais

E5 + B3 + S3

Lisa Kudrow

E10 + B2 + S3

Sergey Nikitin & Tatyana Nikitina

E7 + B3 + S4

Jackie Fox

E6 + B3 + S2

Daniel Levitin

E4 + B2 + S2

David Grinspoon

E6 + B3 + S4

Warwick Holt

E5 + B2 + S6

Adam Savage

E6 + B2 + S5

Terry Pratchett

E4 + B2 + S3

Lawrence Krauss

E3 + B2 + S3

Geoffrey Pullum

E3 + B3 + S4

Fred Rogers

E9 + B2 + S6

Jonathan Feinberg

E5 + B3 + S3

Thomas Halliday

E5 + B3 + S3

Adam Rutherford

E6 + B3 + S6

Jeff Baxter

E6 + B2 + S2

Ray Kurzweil

E4 + B2 + S2

Danica McKellar

E4 + B2 + S4

Condoleeza Rice

E6 + B3 + S4

Mayim Bialik

E4 + B2 + S4

David Morgan-Mar

E4 + B5 + S7

Imogen Heap

E8 + B4 + S3

Patrick Moore

E5 + B3 + S4

Simon Singh

E4 + B2 + S4

Karl Schaffer

E3 + B2 + S6

Albert Einstein

E2 + B4 + S5

Carl Sagan

E4 + B2 + S4

Noam Chomsky

E4 + B3 + S4

Douglas Adams

E10 + B2 + S2

Woody Paul

E7 + B2 + S4

Milo Aukerman

E7 + B3 + S3

Greg Graffin

E5 + B3 + S3

Richard Vranch

E5 + B2 + S2

Colin Firth

E6 + B1 + S4

Thomas Edison

E6 + B5 + S6

James Randi

E6 + B2 + S2

Phil Plait

E4 + B3 + S6

Buzz Aldrin

E6 + B2 + S3

Brian Cox

E7 + B3 + S2

Tom Lehrer

E4 + B2 + S3

Stephen Hawking

E4 + B2 + S2

Richard Feynman

E3 + B3 + S4

Natalie Portman

E5 + B2 + S3

Brian May

E5 + B3 + S1