James Joyce Pub-Riddle solved

In James Joyce „Ulysses“ fragt sich sich Joseph Bloom, ob man Dublin durchqueren könne, ohne an einem Pub vorbeizukommen: „Good puzzle would be, cross Dublin without passing a pub“. Jetzt hat Software-Entwickler Rory McCann herausgefunden: Man kann. Ob man das wirklich will ist natürlich eine ganz andere Frage.

Rory McCann, 27, claims he has settled decades of debate about the puzzle in Joyce’s masterpiece Ulysses with a simple equation proving it can, indeed, be done. Using online maps, the Dubliner worked out an algorithm – a computer equation – which found how to criss-cross the capital, from north to south and east to west, away from the temptation of any pub.

Computer solves Joyce pubs riddle