Researchers have found a fractal pattern underlying everyday maths. In the process, they've discovered a way to calculate partition numbers, a challenge that's stymied mathematicians for centuries.
Partition numbers track the different ways an integer can be divvied up. The number 3, for example, has three unique partitions: 3, 2 + 1, and 1 + 1 + 1. Partition numbers grow so fast that mathematicians have a hard time predicting them.
|The number 10 has 42 partitions, but with 100 you have 190,569,292 partitions|
How in the world is this even possible?
Why must they reference "Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy?"