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An anonymous 4chan post could help solve a 25-year-old math mystery

By The Verge

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  • Crowdsourcing knowledge is a great way to get plausible solutions to complex problems. We can all go farther together.

  • Adam Pasick
    Adam PasickSenior Editor at Quartz

    This is incredible: An anonymous anime fan on 4chan, who was trying to figure out the most efficient way to watch a non-linear series, has solved a math problem that has been foiling experts for 25 years.

  • James Randorff
    James RandorffMusician, Instructor at US Navy

    An anonymous anime fan unintentionally solves a 25-year-old math problem. A 9-year-old Swedish girl pulls a 1,500-year-old sword out of a lake.

    Stories like these give me hope that we are going to be okay.

  • Gai Yamada
    Gai YamadaOut of my job for a while.

    If people cooperate together not for profits but just curiosity, we can go advanced stage well.

  • Beyond answering obscure anime questions, there are no known applications for the formula, but then it often takes decades for formulas that are discovered in pure mathematics to make their way into real-world applications.

  • David Landau
    David LandauManaging Partner

    Collaboration in solving complex problems is key

  • Dan Mangan
    Dan ManganMusician / Co-Founder at Side Door

    _gudwllhuntng6969 is killing it

  • Lue Ozwald
    Lue Ozwald

    That's weaponized autism for ya

  • Unknown Unknown
    Unknown UnknownBotnet at DarkWeb


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