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clauclauclaudia
clauclauclaudia
Claudia
Thu, Jun. 17th, 2004 10:10 am
Anyone have a copy of Sagan's Contact handy?

I'd like a quote from the very end of the book, so those who wish no spoilage should not read behind the

So Ellie is searching for irregularities in the expansion of pi. When one is found, I recall something like "it showed up best in base 11, where it was written entirely in 1s and 0s". Can you quote me what exactly it says about base 11? Someone on a Babylon 5 newsgroup remembers it as meaning that base 11 is always written in 1s and 0s, whereas I remember it just as I paraphrased above.

You may call me a freak if I got it exactly right... that's one of my favorite moments in any book ever. Because I'm *that* kind of geek.

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mabfan
mabfan
mabfan (Michael A. Burstein)
Thu, Jun. 17th, 2004 07:17 am (UTC)

I wish I could lay my hands on the book for you, but I can't. I know I have a copy somewhere, but I don't know where.

I do have a copy of the movie easily accessible...


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clauclauclaudia
clauclauclaudia
Claudia
Thu, Jun. 17th, 2004 07:19 am (UTC)

... which of course omits this lovely moment, and my other favorite moment from the book, the Foucault's Pendulum scene. *wistful sigh*


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annathepiper
annathepiper
Anna the Piper
Thu, Jun. 17th, 2004 10:11 am (UTC)

I've got the book at home, but I'd have to dig to find the quote. Do you remember whereabouts in the book it is? E.g., what chapter?


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firni
firni
Some people play tennis, I erode the human soul
Thu, Jun. 17th, 2004 10:40 am (UTC)

"The anomaly showed up most starkly in base 11 arithmetic, where it could be written out entirely as zeroes and ones."


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totient
totient
phi
Thu, Jun. 17th, 2004 10:48 am (UTC)
a link

here's some context for that quote.


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cheshyre
cheshyre
Cheshyre
Thu, Jun. 17th, 2004 10:48 am (UTC)

Googling around on contact pi ellie "base 11" I found this and this, both of which transcribe the ending, including that portion. This isn't definitive, although the fact that both of them agree in wording lends some credence towards accuracy, unless one is copying the other.

I also found a math in fiction page, including these spoilers on the conclusion and their relation to current number theory.


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