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Art Print

Alan Kennedy (alankennedy)

Infinite Monkey Theorem

by Alan Kennedy

Collect your choice of gallery quality Giclée, or fine art prints custom trimmed by hand in a variety of sizes with a white border for framing.


Infinity is a concept so simple to understand and yet so hard to conceive. In our everyday lives we work with finite things, the idea of anything being infinite can be hard to wrap your mind around. That's where the monkeys come in.

The infinite monkey theorem illustrates just how long infinite time can be. It states that a hypothetical monkey* randomly hitting keys on a typewriter for an infinite amount of time will almost surely eventually type out the entire works of Shakespeare. Turns out you don't need Shakespeare to write Shakespeare, it could be done randomly. And really, it wouldn't just end there; with an infinite amount of time the monkey would also eventually type out everything that has ever been written and that will be written. It would type out every possible thing that can be produced by a typewriter. All by random. Because infinity is such a long time that everything that is possible, no matter how unlikely, will eventually occur.

*The hypothetical immortal monkey may alternatively be substituted with an infinite amount of monkeys with typewriters.