### Monkey Shakespeare

There's a well known claim that:

If you have enough monkeys
banging randomly on typewriters,
they will eventually type the works
of William Shakespeare.

There's a web site devoted to simulating this task:

Monkey Shakespeare Simulator. When someone goes to this site, it runs a simulation of monkeys typing
randomly. So far, the record is 20 letters from

*Coriolanus*
after 462,060,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 monkey-years, sent in by Jens Ulrik Jacobsen
from Denmark on 31 Aug 2004. With eighty letters available, there are
115,292,150,460,684,697,600,000,000,000,000,000,000 possible 20 letter sequences,
so the probability of any particular 20 letter sequence is
.00000000000000000000000000000000000000867361737988403
547205962240695953369140625.

Posted by Bill Poser at September 24, 2004 11:57 PM