Tuesday, November 11, 2014

And the winners are...

The pile of money whose value you have been guessing came out to be 68.22 Euro and 0.5 Deutsche Mark, the latter of which I didn't count. Hoping that I didn't miss anybody's guess, this means the three winning entries are:
  • Rbot: 72
  • Rami Kraft: 62
  • droid33: 58.20
Congratulations to the winners! Please send an email to hossi[at]nordita.org with your postal address and I will send the books on the way.


  1. (68.22)/(pi)(Feigenbaum's constant)^2 = 0.996.

    Of course! (Smacks self upside head.) False reasoning has never failed economics, except when applied,


  2. I am surprised how much money was in the banks. I did not make a blind guess either Uncle AI (slaps self in the head too :-) ) You came closer.

    Every once in awhile the local gas station has jars full of objects of different sizes asking for a guess for a tee shirt or something the prize. So these are interesting ideas of volume to me even with the trick there is a large empty space hidden in the center from view.

    My mistake here is what you said, that is things are a little different if we count gumballs when they are jelly beans and the relation to color may not really do much other than sorting as with size.

    Then again some might say you could somehow link with esp at a distance and make the actual count (takes too much energy and a sense of truth outside one's own perception anyway). Easier to actually change the colors.

    The confusion of dimensions has many of our best thinkers making that mistake of halves of things since the dawn of Greek geometry. Einstein no exception. I guess the hexagonal array of the coins was just an illusion more shifting dimensions were involved.

    Surprisingly this intimately relates to Sabine's next post (boringly we label and count similar objects into arrays to compute symmetry.) Still, the philosophic question is exciting as to what symmetry may imply or that coincidentally simple counting makes sense somewhere as the integers in the equation of the paper she cites.)

    All these names in papers labeled with authors to link the effects is harder than the ideas and formuli for me to decipher.

  3. Thank you Sabine.
    But I did cheat a little.
    (The collective power of people!)


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