The idea that, with certainty, a monkey typing randomly on a typewriter for infinite time would pen the entire works of Shakespeare is a powerful one. In some ways, it's not too dissimilar to the evolution of humanity: we're the result of (essentially) random processes (mutations, environmental factors, etc.) over the course of 3.5 billion years. It's something I think people have difficulty internalizing: very simple random processes over very long periods can create things that are incredibly complex, such as the human eye or the works of Shakespeare.

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I wrote a little program to simulate a monkey typing on a typewriter.

import java.util.*;
public class monkeyTypewriters {

	 * @param args
	public static void main(String[] args) {
		// TODO Auto-generated method stub

		int space;
		Random r = new Random();		
		for(int i =10000000; i>0; i--){
		char ch = (char)(r.nextInt('Z'-'A'+1)+'A');
			System.out.print(" ");