Relmuis

2006-Mar-25, 04:55 PM

This may seem like a thread for Off Topic Babbling, but I have put it in Conspiracy Theories for a reason, which will become apparent later on.

In this first post I will first describe a mathematical game, and then issue a challenge.

1. The mathematical game.

Let every letter of the Roman alphabet be given a numerical value, in the following way:

A=1, B=2, C=3, D=4, E=5, F=6, G=7, H=8, I=9

J=10, K=20, L=30, M=40, N=50, O=60, P=70, Q=80, R = 90

S=100, T=200, U=300, V=400, W=500, X=600, Y=700, Z=800

Let every word of the English language be given two numerical values, the additive word-number, calculated by adding the values of the letters, and the multiplicative word-number, calculated by multiplying the values of the letters.

(For example, fox has an additive value of 666, and a multiplicative value of 216,000.)

Let every sentence of the English language have a numerical value, which is to be calculated by multiplying all the multiplicative word-numbers together, dividing the result by all the additive word-numbers, multiplying the result with the number of letters and dividing the result by the number of words.

(For example, the sentence I am a fox. has 4 words and 7 letters. To find the numerical value, one must calculate (9*40*1*216,000)/(9*41*1*666) and multiply the result by 7/4.)

The result will likely be a large number. It will not normally be an integer, but it will of course be a rational number. The game consist in finding sentences which yield interesting numbers. To make the number more interesting it is allowed to shift the decimal point of the result.

2. The challenge.

Can you find a sentence which yields the first few decimals of pi? That is: a sentence with a numerical value starting with 314159....., so that you might shift the decimal point to make it 3.14159... The quality of the fit is of course dependent on the first decimal which does not comform to the correponding decimal in pi.

The sentence doesn't have to come from a book, but it must be a "good" sentence. That is: spelling and grammar must be correct, it must have a proper subject and verb, and it must sound like something which someone might actually say or write. Mary had a little lamb. or This is the winter of our discontent. are allowed, but Hi hey find thought. is not allowed. The sentence may be as long as one likes.

If you find such a sentence, I would like to know whether a computer was used in any way to find it.

In this first post I will first describe a mathematical game, and then issue a challenge.

1. The mathematical game.

Let every letter of the Roman alphabet be given a numerical value, in the following way:

A=1, B=2, C=3, D=4, E=5, F=6, G=7, H=8, I=9

J=10, K=20, L=30, M=40, N=50, O=60, P=70, Q=80, R = 90

S=100, T=200, U=300, V=400, W=500, X=600, Y=700, Z=800

Let every word of the English language be given two numerical values, the additive word-number, calculated by adding the values of the letters, and the multiplicative word-number, calculated by multiplying the values of the letters.

(For example, fox has an additive value of 666, and a multiplicative value of 216,000.)

Let every sentence of the English language have a numerical value, which is to be calculated by multiplying all the multiplicative word-numbers together, dividing the result by all the additive word-numbers, multiplying the result with the number of letters and dividing the result by the number of words.

(For example, the sentence I am a fox. has 4 words and 7 letters. To find the numerical value, one must calculate (9*40*1*216,000)/(9*41*1*666) and multiply the result by 7/4.)

The result will likely be a large number. It will not normally be an integer, but it will of course be a rational number. The game consist in finding sentences which yield interesting numbers. To make the number more interesting it is allowed to shift the decimal point of the result.

2. The challenge.

Can you find a sentence which yields the first few decimals of pi? That is: a sentence with a numerical value starting with 314159....., so that you might shift the decimal point to make it 3.14159... The quality of the fit is of course dependent on the first decimal which does not comform to the correponding decimal in pi.

The sentence doesn't have to come from a book, but it must be a "good" sentence. That is: spelling and grammar must be correct, it must have a proper subject and verb, and it must sound like something which someone might actually say or write. Mary had a little lamb. or This is the winter of our discontent. are allowed, but Hi hey find thought. is not allowed. The sentence may be as long as one likes.

If you find such a sentence, I would like to know whether a computer was used in any way to find it.