+--------------- | Mike Spencer writes: | >Or MeanFree Path. Or RootMean Square. | | I could't find a link, but I've driven by a sign for Northwestern | University student housing in Evanston IL with an address on | Root Mean Sq. It was on Sheridan Avenue if I remember right, so it was | just an informal name by some math or EE geeks. *
Who had probably read the classic John Brunner novel, "The Shockwave Rider":
As one of the residents of Precipice [a.k.a. "Disasterville U.S.A."] says to the newly-arrived protagonist:
... "You get off at Mean Free Path and walk south until you hit Root Mean Square and then just ask for Ted." ... Involuntarily Kate said, "Mean Free Path? Root Mean Square? Is that some kind of joke?"
There were four other passengers at this stage of the journey. All of them chuckled. The driver said over his shoulder, "Sure, the place is littered with jokes. Didn't you know?" ...
----- Rob Warnock
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