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Paul
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Maximisation problem
Posted:
Jul 26, 2013 6:24 PM


Let n be a fixed integer > 1. n logicians walk into a bar. The barwoman says "Do all of you want a beer?" The first logician says "I don't know." The second logician says "I don't know." ... The n1st logician says "I don't know." The nth logician says "Yes please." Which value of n maximises the humorousness of the joke? I read it with n = 3 but n = 2 also illustrates the principle.
Paul Epstein



