I'm still unsure of what the question from the card actually is, although I do no that the problem has been updated since 2004 - mentioned at the bottom of the card.
As of Feb 18 2005, the largest known prime number is Mersenne25964951 which is 7,816,230 digits long.
No reason for this post though
Posted: Sun Aug 21, 2005 2:51 pm
I don't know if any one else has suggested this but maybe the answer to this puzzle is the secret message which is created when you put all of the prime number cards together seeing as this card is all about prime numbers. Therefore you wouldn't be able to solve this card until all of the cards are released.
Posted: Sun Aug 21, 2005 2:04 am
Using the zeta zeros to take one letter from each sentence (14th character, 21st character, etc) gets
which is ROT-11 for
Spoiler (Rollover to View):
(a clue for "Beefeater"?)
Ok fine laugh =) But darnit that sounds like a clue to me, and look look!... the 5th character turns out to be the 'g' from the misspelled GFG Riemann. Out of a 1000 character story that's a pretty big coincidence...
Y'know, it is possible that people who would put in a card based on Mornington Crescent would also be mischievous enough to put one in that genuinely was about one of the most difficult unsolved maths problems in the world. Perhaps this card is unsolvable. There's nothing in the rules to say that all the cards have to be solvable.
This would fit with
a) the premise of the story - perhaps the Perplexians have solved this problem already, and are curious to see if we can too
b) the mischief-making mindset of people who would lead us all on a wild goose chase and spend ages in the pub laughing about it.
Just a suggestion.
Posted: Wed Aug 17, 2005 8:02 am
The "Perplex" of PerplexCity is written in the same purple as the other cards (yes?) but it did make me wonder about masking the text to get the solution...like superimposing the Reimann function on the text, or extending out the two diagonal parts of the sigma onto the text, or...?
Posted: Wed Aug 17, 2005 7:41 am
Looking at the card again - the word CITY is written at the top.
Might this be the question?
Posted: Wed Aug 17, 2005 4:31 am
well my answer is junk so they wouldnt get far with that
i'd feel a lot less silly if i thought before hitting that submit key
Posted: Thu Aug 11, 2005 2:30 pm
just a quick thought. if this is worth perplex points when we give the perplexians or mindcandy the awncer and as its one of the greatest maths problems of all time how will they know the given awncer is wright?
Posted: Thu Aug 11, 2005 2:26 pm
FORGET IT - i was stupid
[strike]ok here we go:-
For example, 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13 and 17 are all prime numbers
drop commas and spaces and we have2357111317 and
Posted: Thu Aug 11, 2005 2:17 pm
yeah, the s refers to a complex number of the form "p+qi" st i^2=-1
So, err, yeah, read my old post for some ramblings
i is my favourite number, ps and qs are just something i've got to mind
see my location
Posted: Thu Aug 04, 2005 3:19 pm
OK using the numbers 7235733
did not produce anything meaningful....by taking 7th then 2 on then 3 on....