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http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/...tition-numbers

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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.
I was with the whole concept until I got to this....

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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?"
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why even bother??
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There are so many ways to add up to a number.

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why even bother??
Someone is probably going to use this for something cool in the future. Maybe some amazing computer program.
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What would these "partitions" help us with? They seem made up to be honest. Next someone will come up with a concept called coloredrons. Which are partitions multiplied by the number of possible color frequency's that any possible number may have.
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What would these "partitions" help us with? They seem made up to be honest. Next someone will come up with a concept called coloredrons. Which are partitions multiplied by the number of possible color frequency's that any possible number may have.
Just because a mathematical concept doesn't have appear to have value to you, doesn't mean it's useless .
    
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What would these "partitions" help us with? They seem made up to be honest. Next someone will come up with a concept called coloredrons. Which are partitions multiplied by the number of possible color frequency's that any possible number may have.


Honesty, boys and girls, clearly isn't always the best policy.
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What would these "partitions" help us with? They seem made up to be honest. Next someone will come up with a concept called coloredrons. Which are partitions multiplied by the number of possible color frequency's that any possible number may have.
See below:

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The combined research doesn't quite reveal a mathematical representation of the universe's structure, Ono said, but it does kill partition numbers as a way to encrypt computer data.
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Interesting article.

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*** are you always "sad" about? Be grateful you're alive.
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