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Date: 05/31/09 06:00 PM

79 Responses to 16 Year-Old Cracks 300 Year-Old Math Problem

  1. Profile photo of kalela
    kalela Female 18-29
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    May 31, 2009 at 3:06 pm
    Link: 16 Year-Old Cracks 300 Year-Old Math Problem - He`ll take over the world someday.
  2. Profile photo of chunkymonkie
    chunkymonkie Male 13-17
    670 posts
    May 31, 2009 at 6:03 pm
    now what exactly is this bernoulli numbers equation?
  3. Profile photo of router52000
    router52000 Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2009 at 6:04 pm
    With todays computers such as the MONSTER IBM`s Blue Gene I dont think there are any math problems humanity can be stumped by.
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    Jasonbobdude Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2009 at 6:07 pm
    I looked up what it was, and the explanation scared me so I gave up.
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    lord_byron Male 13-17
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    May 31, 2009 at 6:08 pm
    that`s pretty tight.
    but i bet people were just really lazy for 300 years...
  6. Profile photo of Paul1582
    Paul1582 Male 13-17
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    May 31, 2009 at 6:10 pm
    No, he didn`t.
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    videogamer Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2009 at 6:11 pm
    His name`s Mohamed?

    Holy sh*t guys I think we found the Messiah.

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    videogamer Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2009 at 6:12 pm
    "No, he didn`t."

    Oh.

    Move along people, nothing to see here.

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    freddyferret Male 40-49
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    May 31, 2009 at 6:13 pm
    bastard

    Wait nevermind.

    After Paul1582`s comment, nevermind. He isn`t the genius everyone thought.

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    primetimekin Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2009 at 6:13 pm
    "Will Hunting?"
    i was thinking the same thing
  11. Profile photo of tornadofdoom
    tornadofdoom Male 13-17
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    May 31, 2009 at 6:14 pm
    I have a friend like that who is going to MIT next year... he`s 3rd in the USA and won 3rd place in USAMO, and took a Harvard course last year that taught 4 years of Harvard/Harvard grad level math in one year...though I don`t think if he`s as smart as this kid. He did represent the US in the international competition however (yes, there`s an international competition called the IMO) and managed to get a silver medal (medals are based on score, not place, so he did middling)
  12. Profile photo of LazyMe484
    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2009 at 6:16 pm
    Paul1582 > THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

    This is why we have to remain skeptical. I certainly was, since the chance that a 16yr old would solve that problem is astronomical. Still a clever kid - just don`t believe everything you read.

  13. Profile photo of DHise
    DHise Male 13-17
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    May 31, 2009 at 6:19 pm
    Great job!
  14. Profile photo of ScottSerious
    ScottSerious Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2009 at 6:20 pm
    what a facetious farret
  15. Profile photo of chunkymonkie
    chunkymonkie Male 13-17
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    May 31, 2009 at 6:28 pm
    "With todays computers such as the MONSTER IBM`s Blue Gene I dont think there are any math problems humanity can be stumped by."

    What about the last digit of pi?


  16. Profile photo of tornadofdoom
    tornadofdoom Male 13-17
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    May 31, 2009 at 6:31 pm
    Chunkymonkie:

    Like the answer to all other questions, it is obviously 42.

    I`ll let you ponder that statement for a second and count how many levels that is wrong on.

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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2009 at 6:35 pm
    I think what chunkmonkey meant was that the only thing we have left to attain is omnipotence.

    ...which is wrong anyway.

  18. Profile photo of domisgood
    domisgood Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2009 at 6:36 pm
    smartass...
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    panth753 Female 18-29
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    May 31, 2009 at 6:43 pm
    And the answer is... 42. See, told you so.
  20. Profile photo of urbanlegend
    urbanlegend Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2009 at 6:47 pm
    actually i read this on another site. and this part:

    "After going through his notebooks, the professors found his work was indeed correct and offered him a place in Uppsala." turned out to be wrong. apparently they said it has been cracked for a while, and that they didnt offer him a thing.

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    skine Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2009 at 7:37 pm
    "With todays computers such as the MONSTER IBM`s Blue Gene I dont think there are any math problems humanity can be stumped by."

    Unfortunately, when most people think of mathematics, it is restricted to a very small portion of number theory, a really small portion of linear algebra, and few get beyond an extremely small portion of real analysis (ie calculus). There are entire fields of mathematics that only distantly reference numbers, some that only use numbers as a way of comparing abstract objects, and some that have nothing to do with numbers at all.

    Also, there are many statements that we know can neither be proven nor disproven, such as the Axiom of Choice.

    "What about the last digit of pi?"

    The problem in this case is not in finding the answer, but in asking the question. The answer is, in fact, well known.

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    JJXanadu Male 30-39
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    May 31, 2009 at 7:50 pm
    "...I dont think there are any math problems humanity can be stumped by."

    "What about the last digit of pi?"

    Finding the `last digit of pi` (if there was such a thing) would not be a problem, it would be an exercise. There is a distinct difference.

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    npdarren Male 18-29
    602 posts
    May 31, 2009 at 8:28 pm
    Oh God, Bernoulli. I missed a Bernoulli`s equation problem on my AP physics test last month. Incredibly difficult to understand.

    As for the story, I wouldn`t give it too much credibility until it is reviewed internationally, not just in Sweden.

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    dljudo92 Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2009 at 8:29 pm
    this article sucks... it says nothing about the math problem
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    Ani187 Female 30-39
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    May 31, 2009 at 8:46 pm
    I had a comment, but tossed it `cause it seems like maybe this didn`t happen the way they`re saying it did. So instead I leave you with this little pearl of wisdom: At this very moment, there is a fifty-fifty chance that Chuck Norris is boning your sister
  26. Profile photo of maceizballin
    maceizballin Male 13-17
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    May 31, 2009 at 9:04 pm
    i wanted a little info on the problem... wtf
  27. Profile photo of raikun12
    raikun12 Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2009 at 9:23 pm
    at the end i mis-read and i thought he said, i have to improve on english and social skills. I`m like i bet you do you NERD. lol im soo mean
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    vorpalsword Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2009 at 9:47 pm
    that math problem still wont fix the economy, SOCIAL SCIENCE STILL RULES THE ARENA
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    sking7 Male 30-39
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    May 31, 2009 at 9:57 pm
    Can a moderator PLEASE ban ChetnaX and delete her crap?
  30. Profile photo of vorpalsword
    vorpalsword Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2009 at 9:59 pm
    we also need raikun to be banned, i caught him spamming once and he is currently trolling. This poor thread spammers and trollers are attacking
  31. Profile photo of PC-Player
    PC-Player Male 18-29
    129 posts
    May 31, 2009 at 10:04 pm
    There is more to this story.

    Iraqi teen tackles maths puzzle, but not the first: university:
    "Senior lecturer Jan-Aake Lindhal verified the formula, but added that although correct, it was well known and readily available in several databases," the statement said. - yahoo news

  32. Profile photo of DeutschDude9
    DeutschDude9 Male 18-29
    473 posts
    May 31, 2009 at 10:06 pm
    Man I`m jealous of his intellect.

    in other words...

    NERD ALERT!

  33. Profile photo of DertMerchant
    DertMerchant Male 18-29
    310 posts
    May 31, 2009 at 10:13 pm
    gay and fake
  34. Profile photo of vorpalsword
    vorpalsword Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2009 at 10:17 pm
    i am gonna exceed the unwritten iab posting limit but how the hall can the be fake?! stupid people these days...

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    Agent0024blo Male 18-29
    197 posts
    May 31, 2009 at 10:25 pm
    Fake or not... does the equation help ANYbody in ANYway?
    And on that note... "Excuse me? Can you f*ck it?" "No...?" "Awwww"
  36. Profile photo of dragonshadoz
    dragonshadoz Female 18-29
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    May 31, 2009 at 11:00 pm
    I want to see this formula.
  37. Profile photo of GRadde
    GRadde Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2009 at 11:27 pm
    No, it`s real.

    Saw it a while back.

    The teachers failed though. Sweden, the country behind Law of Jante (it doesn`t mean nything really, it`s just a name), can be so friggin slow to realize potential. The "Law" basically states that you are nobody. Nobody is interested in what you do, and you probably suck at it anyway. So don`t bother to make a show of it.

    Which is why people around you talk down to you, like you`re a little child, as soon as you see/discover/invent something awesome. Except, of course, when it has gone public and is the norm, then suddenly EVERYONE was supportive of you during your hard times. They were there...

    Man I hate that social piece of "etiquette".

  38. Profile photo of GRadde
    GRadde Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2009 at 11:30 pm
    >PC-Player

    Yep, indeed that`s how things are. But for the kid to realize this at that level, with no help? I`m impressed, regardless whether it`s new or old.

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    lukas1051 Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2009 at 11:30 pm
    How can people call fake on this? We haven`t seen the formulas, so we can`t even tell ourselves if it`s fake, and the professor have said it`s right, so there`s no evidence to doubt its authenticity. I think you`re all just jealous.
  40. Profile photo of keatonatron
    keatonatron Male 18-29
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    June 1, 2009 at 12:28 am
    "BELIEVE IT OR NOT???"

    Can someone please ban this spammer?

  41. Profile photo of ThatWasFunny
    ThatWasFunny Male 18-29
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    June 1, 2009 at 12:39 am
    Yeah, if you can, ban the IP address.
  42. Profile photo of jimspade
    jimspade Male 18-29
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    June 1, 2009 at 1:08 am
    god i hope its from one ip...otherwise `we`ll be seeing alot of thes drating posts and it will be near impossible to stop the bastards
  43. Profile photo of vorpalsword
    vorpalsword Male 18-29
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    June 1, 2009 at 1:21 am
    cmon mods activate your inner non-nice individual and perma ban these people, its getting WAY outta hand
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    Mantolwen Female 18-29
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    June 1, 2009 at 1:23 am
    Quote from Wikipedia: "Mathematicians claim this proof has been discovered before and is well known in the field."

    On the other hand, he`s still amazing to come up with the simplification on his own!

  45. Profile photo of Epicasaurus
    Epicasaurus Male 13-17
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    June 1, 2009 at 4:05 am
    Ani187
    "At this very moment, there is a fifty-fifty chance that Chuck Norris is boning your sister"

    You mean he can only bone half of the female population at any one time? How pathetic.

  46. Profile photo of Epicasaurus
    Epicasaurus Male 13-17
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    June 1, 2009 at 4:09 am
    "What about the last digit of pi?"

    I can narrow it down to one of ten possible numbers.

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    dairy Male 18-29
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    June 1, 2009 at 4:40 am
    why does saying "BELIEVE IT OR NOT???" count as spamming?! they dont really say much but banning them seems harsh...

    on a side note, chuck norris IS boning your sister, enough said.

  48. Profile photo of Vindictive
    Vindictive Female 18-29
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    June 1, 2009 at 5:23 am
    @epicasaurus "What about the last digit of pi?"

    I can narrow it down to one of ten possible numbers. "

    You win the internet.

  49. Profile photo of brprince
    brprince Male 18-29
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    June 1, 2009 at 5:34 am
    Yeah? well i can narrow it down to 9.
  50. Profile photo of Gluggr
    Gluggr Male 18-29
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    June 1, 2009 at 5:46 am
    He didn`t:

    http://www.uu.se/news/news_item.php?typ=artikel&id=693

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    VomitStorm Male 18-29
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    June 1, 2009 at 6:01 am
    router, they still have to be programmed by humans you massive fag
  52. Profile photo of jagenigma
    jagenigma Male 18-29
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    June 1, 2009 at 7:22 am
    what is the math problem?
  53. Profile photo of midori05
    midori05 Female 18-29
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    June 1, 2009 at 9:11 am
    Well, more power to him!
  54. Profile photo of littlepete50
    littlepete50 Male 18-29
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    June 1, 2009 at 10:42 am
    at least hes not setting off to uni to be a complete "young genious" kinda kid
  55. Profile photo of ROCKY-LEE
    ROCKY-LEE Male 13-17
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    June 1, 2009 at 11:02 am
    i think the people who call this story fake are jelous of a 16 year old boys right to fame for being rediciously smart

    nuff said

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    welfarepimp Male 30-39
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    June 1, 2009 at 11:12 am
    Looked it up. Be happy with the "math problem" descriptor. Migraine generator.
  57. Profile photo of Marcko98
    Marcko98 Male 18-29
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    June 1, 2009 at 11:24 am
    iraq:1 US:20 Britan:26 China:25 JApan:600,000 -_-
  58. Profile photo of Standards
    Standards Male 18-29
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    June 1, 2009 at 12:49 pm
    "Yeah? well i can narrow it down to 9."

    Really? which 9?

  59. Profile photo of Altaru
    Altaru Male 18-29
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    June 1, 2009 at 1:29 pm
    "maths" problem?

    Really?

    This kid just proved himself a damn genius and you can`t even use proper grammar in your article about him?

    Wow...

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    uunnfair_4ol Female 18-29
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    June 1, 2009 at 1:31 pm
    Lets hope its research that uplifts humanity, and not bomb it into everness.
  61. Profile photo of Leiaisluf
    Leiaisluf Female 13-17
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    June 1, 2009 at 1:52 pm
    ""maths" problem?

    Really?

    This kid just proved himself a damn genius and you can`t even use proper grammar in your article about him?

    Wow..."

    I`ve heard it quite a few times, so I assumed it was a regional thingie.

  62. Profile photo of gcghost
    gcghost Male 30-39
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    June 1, 2009 at 2:14 pm
    yes "maths"

    In case you haven`t noticed yet, English does vary between US and England.

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    SillyChica Female 13-17
    85 posts
    June 1, 2009 at 2:22 pm
    " "maths" problem?
    Really?

    This kid just proved himself a damn genius and you can`t even use proper grammar in your article about him?

    Wow..."

    okay you don`t have to be douchey about it.
    it`s called `colloquialism`
    england says `maths`
    we say `math`

  64. Profile photo of Altaru
    Altaru Male 18-29
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    June 1, 2009 at 2:37 pm
    When did Yahoo end up in England?

    And it seriously just doesn`t sound like it would flow well to say "maths..."

    It just doesn`t feel as fluid... Whatever, they can have their tongue, I`ll have mine. Not like I`ll ever intentionally speak with a Brit about math anyway...

  65. Profile photo of moefreak
    moefreak Female 18-29
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    June 1, 2009 at 3:27 pm
    Ok so this isn`t true. Damn you news for lying to me.
  66. Profile photo of moefreak
    moefreak Female 18-29
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    June 1, 2009 at 3:31 pm
    And yes, some people say maths. Try travelling, or you know, picking up a book sometime. Might learn a thing or two.
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    tangello Female 13-17
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    June 1, 2009 at 4:47 pm
    greeeaat. now they`re gonna teach us THAT poo in school. TT"
    though some are saying this thing is fake, so win lose situation i guess? lol
  68. Profile photo of brprince
    brprince Male 18-29
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    June 1, 2009 at 5:02 pm
    @ "Standards" (presumably short for "poor standards")

    the nine numbers i can narrow it down to are as follows:

    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9.

    if you need to ask why, dont try and take maths at uni, it wont end well for you.

  69. Profile photo of JoeYC
    JoeYC Male 18-29
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    June 1, 2009 at 5:06 pm
    just because he solved some puzzle he is a genious?
  70. Profile photo of Tonyjet
    Tonyjet Male 18-29
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    June 1, 2009 at 5:36 pm
    so where the drat is the problem at.
  71. Profile photo of scooterboo2
    scooterboo2 Male 13-17
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    June 1, 2009 at 7:32 pm
    have a look:
    http://www.uu.se/news/news_item.php?typ=artikel&id=693
  72. Profile photo of Epicasaurus
    Epicasaurus Male 13-17
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    June 1, 2009 at 8:03 pm
    @brprince
    You forgot 0 there genius; hence the ten numbers.
  73. Profile photo of Suckerpunch
    Suckerpunch Male 18-29
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    June 1, 2009 at 10:26 pm
    @Epicasaurus

    Actually brprince is right. You wouldn`t be able to to use 0 to narrow down the last digit of pi as 0 can`t be used as such. That leaves you with only 1-9.

  74. Profile photo of Epicasaurus
    Epicasaurus Male 13-17
    42 posts
    June 1, 2009 at 11:14 pm
    Oh, thats right, significant digits. Damn, not my proudest moment.
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    fr0d0lives Female 18-29
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    June 3, 2009 at 8:09 pm
    rock on.
  76. Profile photo of BunnyNaku
    BunnyNaku Female 18-29
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    June 4, 2009 at 11:05 am
    what is the formula representing??
  77. Profile photo of souladdict22
    souladdict22 Male 18-29
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    June 4, 2009 at 9:03 pm
    Umm... Last digit of pi?
    List off all digits of pi you know! go!
    While we`re at it, Fibonacci sequence go!
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    nonamewillfi Male 13-17
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    August 28, 2009 at 2:19 pm
    expired. goddamit now were gonna have to solve it all over again!

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