January 24, 2013

How Many People in the World Are Famous?

Samuel Arbesman, Wired

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It certainly seems that there are many paths to fame, from Youtube videos to Usenet postings. The Onion poked fun at this fifteen years ago when they noted that “32 Percent of U.S. Citizens Still Not Famous.” And a number that seems plucked out the air on Yahoo! Answers avers it to be .0265 percent. But is there any way to determine the fraction of notable people on the planet?

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