Monkeys, a typewriter, infinite series, and the letter “S”

The entire research idea is irresistibly silly, so I’m not going to bother trying to resist it: Some U.K. students from the University of Plymouth set up an experiment to test the old saw that with enough monkeys and typewriters eventually we would see the works of Shakespeare.

But it didn’t work out that way. After a computer was left alone for a month with six Sulawi crested macaques, all the monkeys succeeded in was “partially destroying the machine, using it as a lavatory, and mostly typing the letter ‘s’”.

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