Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Prime numbers linked to Reinman Geometry

And somehow, the answer is 42.

I had to check the date on this to make sure it wasn't April 1...but I still think someone is having too much fun here:
Using the connection, Keating and Snaith not only explained why the answer to life, the universe and the third moment of the Riemann zeta function should be 42, but also provided a formula to predict all the numbers in the sequence. Prior to this breakthrough, the evidence for a connection between quantum physics and the primes was based solely on interesting statistical comparisons. But mathematicians are very suspicious of statistics. We like things to be exact. Keating and Snaith had used physics to make a very precise prediction that left no room for the power of statistics to see patterns where there are none.


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