tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-20067416.post1562122725311832589..comments2022-05-10T03:49:17.107-04:00Comments on Recursivity: Mathematics in a Jack Reacher NovelUnknownnoreply@blogger.comBlogger10125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-20067416.post-8989497986343237702013-03-17T00:53:50.618-04:002013-03-17T00:53:50.618-04:00you get the dweeb award
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cla...you get the dweeb award<br />math major<br />harvey mudd<br />class of 72<br />Anonymoushttps://www.blogger.com/profile/08163884616844938180noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-20067416.post-52609841585421063422010-10-22T06:06:25.912-04:002010-10-22T06:06:25.912-04:00October is correct, but the novel was not Bad Luck...October is correct, but the novel was not Bad Luck and Trouble --- <br />it was "One Shot". Somewhere between October 16th and 31st, for sure. <br /><br />Red LiteAnonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-20067416.post-75804654624319961252008-02-08T13:01:00.000-05:002008-02-08T13:01:00.000-05:00I'm guessing Mugwump chose Oct 29, 1960 because th...I'm guessing Mugwump chose Oct 29, 1960 because that's the month Reacher was counting days in when he was coercing The Zec to spill the beans in that house by the stone crushing plant... in Bad Luck and Trouble.DougBhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/02771185555173978291noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-20067416.post-56389855319931482022007-09-12T12:07:00.000-04:002007-09-12T12:07:00.000-04:00Ack. Off-by-one bug in my script. I'm getting to...Ack. Off-by-one bug in my script. I'm getting too long-in-the-tooth for this new-fangled "programming". Yes, I got December 18th as well.<BR/><BR/>Ok, I get a third of a cookie.andrewhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/04673652496537383297noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-20067416.post-27274382231752371592007-09-12T11:46:00.000-04:002007-09-12T11:46:00.000-04:00Well, I get December 18, 1960 as one other possibi...Well, I get December 18, 1960 as one other possibility. sqrt(121860) = 349.084517, which, when rounded to 6 significant digits, is 349.085.<BR/>But you're right, one could interpret "rounding" in some other way.Jeffrey Shallithttps://www.blogger.com/profile/12763971505497961430noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-20067416.post-16197644213396993642007-09-12T11:32:00.000-04:002007-09-12T11:32:00.000-04:00The only other one I get is April 14th. Every oth...The only other one I get is April 14th. Every other date (in '60) that matches the prime gap rule results in a PIN with recurring digits. <BR/><BR/>May depend on the rounding algorithm?<BR/><BR/>I had some reason for picking Oct 29th yesterday, but can't remember the reason.<BR/><BR/>After (scout's honour) I did the calculation I did the requisite Wikipedia search, which also shows Oct 29th, 1960 -- which is about as definitive as, oh, saying a Schopenhauer quote is valid because it gets a lot of Google hits.andrewhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/04673652496537383297noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-20067416.post-60980613798107899942007-09-12T10:48:00.000-04:002007-09-12T10:48:00.000-04:00Yes, mugwump, that's one possibility. But if my c...Yes, mugwump, that's one possibility. But if my calculations are correct, there are two other dates in 1960 that would work just as well.Jeffrey Shallithttps://www.blogger.com/profile/12763971505497961430noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-20067416.post-52373466485002287632007-09-11T15:27:00.000-04:002007-09-11T15:27:00.000-04:00Oct 29, 1960?102960 -7 = 102953 (prime)102960 +7 =...Oct 29, 1960?<BR/><BR/>102960 -7 = 102953 (prime)<BR/>102960 +7 = 102967 (prime)<BR/><BR/>round(102960^0.5*1000)=320874 (no recurring digits)<BR/><BR/>Do I get a cookie?<BR/><BR/>(Actually, I believe I was an undergraduate student of yours waaaaay back, so if I'm right you take partial credit)andrewhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/04673652496537383297noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-20067416.post-28553543102390513602007-09-10T11:02:00.000-04:002007-09-10T11:02:00.000-04:00Speaking of arbitrary and uninteresting convention...Speaking of arbitrary and uninteresting conventions this 09/10/07 morning: it seems to me the month/day/two-digit-year convention is even less elegant or systematic than the base ten number system.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-20067416.post-38201290250567090122007-09-08T14:10:00.000-04:002007-09-08T14:10:00.000-04:00... where 81 base-10 = 1010001 base-2, so the sum ...... where 81 base-10 = 1010001 base-2, so the sum of the base-2 digits is 3. ...<BR/>Wrong is 11 (base-2, ops ((base-10)-base-2), err...)!Juhanhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/07466683261343797955noreply@blogger.com