November 2004
 Question #3 1  11  21  1211  111221 The next line is 312211.  Each line describes the line above it.  (Next is 13112221 -- "One three, one one, two twos, two ones.")     (the first 10-digit prime in e).com Actually, it read  "{ first 10-digit prime found in the consecutive digits of e } .com and it was on billboards all over the country. From high-school math: The number "e" is the base of natural logarithms. It's the limit of (1 + 1/x)x as x approaches infinity. e = 2.71828 18284 59045 23536 02874 71352 66249... (it goes infinitely on, without systematic repetition: each sequence of ten digits is essentially random.) The first ten-digit number to the right of the decimal point, 7182818284, can't be a prime number because it ends in an even number and so is divisible by 2, and possibly other numbers, too.  The next ten-digit number, 1828182845, ends in 5: divisible by, at the least, 5.  But eventually, there will be a prime among them. For a few weeks after the appearance of the puzzle "7427466391.com" was the URL for a web site that invited those who got there to solve another puzzle, and then the answer to that puzzle was the password to enter yet another website which was an invitation to send in a CV and further explore the possibility of working for Google.  A person who can solve those puzzles is a person of interest to Google. The location of the answer: 2.71828182845904523536028747135266249 7757247093699959574966967627724076630 3535475945713821785251664274274663919 3200305992181741359662904357290033429 5260595630738132328627943490763233829 8807531952510190115738341879307021540 8914993488416750924476146066808226480 0168477411853742345442437107539077744 9920695517027618386062613313845830007 5204493382656029760673711320070932870 9127443747047230696977209310141692836 8190255151086574637721112523897844250 5695369677078544996996794686445490598 7931636889230098793127736178215424999 2295763514822082698951936680331825288 6939849646510582093923982948879332036 2509443117301238197068416140397019837 6793206832823764648042953118023287825 0981945581530175671736133206981125099   The second puzzle: f (1)=7182818284  f (2)=8182845904  f (3)=8747135266  f (4)=7427466391   f (5)= __________ ANSWER
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 Science rests on a foundation of several principles that often evade understanding.  For example: Advertising, our most prevalent use of communication, uses information in ways opposite to, and often inimical to, science.  Searching for disconfirmations is the prime rule in science; convincing that the slightest bit of confirming evidence is sufficient to believe what we want to believe is the way of advertising.  And, science is usually abstract knowledge, but abstraction is usually understood to be "not real." That's a sure sign that the substance of the science was "not seen."  Furthermore, the abstract principle often shows the seer that something, though widely believed, could not possibly be.  Impossibility happens!(?) Common mistakes of pseudoscience Six keys to effective thinking Science fairs in the schools can get understanding to our society at an early age.  Here is an opportunity to turn young people into magicians--that is, able to apply those principles which so often seem "beyond human powers."  That's science.
 Lillie and Paul's science fair at Bridlemile Sound education Puzzles that demonstrate impossibility