Re: xeno riddle
- That mathematician is good. All I can see is that the pattern in the first is repeated somewhere in each of the succeeding eight patterns. And, the 1st, 3rd and 7th are symmetrical. And it's a good exercise in closing brackets. And they all start with [.[ and end with ].]
But wait! I sense it has something to do with primes....must be my human-alien hybrid brain starting to kick in...
--- In email@example.com, Kermit Rose <kermit@...> wrote:
> Xeno Riddle
> An anthropologist and a mathematician strolled through the forest.
> Suddenly they came upon an extratresterial camp. The two
> extratresterials, equally startled, dropped everything,
> jumped into their nearby spacecraft, and disappeared amid a clap
> of thunder.
> The anthropologist rushed over to see what tools they had dropped.
> He found two artifacts. One appeared to be merely a metal ball.
> The other artifact appeared to be made of extremely durable
> plastic. Otherwise it resembled an ordinary sheet of paper.
> It had the following symbols embedded within it.
> The mathematician, studying the symbols,
> exclaimed, "How could they have built such
> an advanced technology using such clumsy arithmetical
> What do the symbols on the paper represent?