30 JAN 2015 by ideonexus

The Brain Making Sense of an Orchestra

But our unconscious feats of unweaving and weaving are greater even than this. Think what is happening when you listen to a whole orchestra. Imagine that, superimposed on a hundred instruments, your neighbour in the concert is whispering learned music criticism in your ear, others are coughing and, lamentably, somebody behind you is rustling a chocolate wrapper. All these sounds, simultaneously, are vibrating your eardrum and they are summed into a single, very complicated wriggling wave of p...

29 JAN 2014 by ideonexus

1/9998 Produces Binary Output

The pattern will break down once you get past 8192, which is 2^13. That means that the pattern continues for an impressive 52 significant figures (well, it actually breaks down on the 52nd digit, which will be a 3 instead of a 2). The reason it works is that 9998 = 10^4 - 2. You can expand as   1 / (10^n - 2) = 1/10^n * 1/(1 - 2/10^n) = 1/10^n * (1 2/10^n 2^2 /10^2n 2^3 /10^3n ...) which gives the observed pattern. It breaks down when 2^k has more than n digi...
Folksonomies: games math puzzles
Folksonomies: games math puzzles