# BookRiff

If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book

## What is the saying about monkeys and typewriters?

The infinite monkey theorem states that a monkey hitting keys at random on a typewriter keyboard for an infinite amount of time will almost surely type any given text, such as the complete works of William Shakespeare. In fact, the monkey would almost surely type every possible finite text an infinite number of times.

How many monkeys and typewriters are there?

It’s a time-honored adage about the laws of probability: Give 1 million monkeys 1 million typewriters and they’ll eventually type the entire works of William Shakespeare.

### How long did it take a monkey to write Shakespeare?

It would take 1887 pages (at 3000 characters a page) just to write this number down. For a monkey to randomly type the Complete Works of Shakespeare, it would take 4.1206 x 105660329 years, or the age of our universe multiplied by a number so big it would take nearly 2000 pages to write down.

What are the chances of a monkey writing Shakespeare?

Adding punctuation for each sentence gives us a total average character count of 127,527. A typewriter usually has 47 keys, meaning there’s a 1 in 47127527 chance of a monkey typing any work of Shakespeare.

## How many keys are on a typewriter?

Still, the basic PC keyboard layout has 104 keys common to all PC keyboards. Function keys: These keys are positioned on the top row of the keyboard.

What is the monkey analogy?

An analogy sometimes used in copyright law, to the effect that an infinite number of monkeys, left in front of typewriters for an infinite period of time, would eventually type out Hamlet (or alternately the entire works of Shakespeare). Although initially appealing, the analogy is a legal nonsense. …

### What is a keyboard monkey?

The infinite monkey theorem states that a monkey hitting keys at random on a typewriter keyboard for an infinite amount of time will almost surely type a given text, such as the complete works of William Shakespeare. Dawkins has referenced the theory in books and on stage.

Is monkey type good?

Monkeytype, as I stated before, is my favorite. The reason that it’s my favorite is because of the customizability and variability. You can change the themes, the length of the test, what the test is, and even if you want punctuation to numbers.

## How long would it take for a monkey to type Hamlet?

Take an infinite number of monkeys and let them type. The first monkey might hit “Hamlet” after 2 billion years, the second after two weeks, and the third might never (as we’ve shown) type “Hamlet” at all. At that point, the ratio of monkeys who will type “Hamlet” to the total number of monkeys is 2/3.

What are the codes of typewriters called?

The 1874 Sholes & Glidden typewriters established the “QWERTY” layout for the letter keys.

### Why is a keyboard QWERTY?

The name comes from the order of the first six keys on the top left letter row of the keyboard ( Q W E R T Y ). The QWERTY design is based on a layout created for the Sholes and Glidden typewriter and sold to E. Remington and Sons in 1873. It became popular with the success of the Remington No.