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Shaw aka Fermi Problem

British wit George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) once said: "If all economists were laid end to end, they would not reach a conclusion."

So, using this as a Fermi Problem, how long is a conclusion? I am serious, work it out....

And perhaps, Shaw's remark can be cast in new contexts:

  • If all mathematicians were laid end to end, they would not reach a proof.
  • If all mathematics educators were laid end to end, they would not reach a curriculum.
This could continue...I will let you play with the idea further!