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Topic: Maximisation problem
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Maximisation problem
Posted: Jul 26, 2013 6:24 PM
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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 n-1st 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

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