[ExI] gimps again

Mike Dougherty msd001 at gmail.com
Sat Jun 13 01:27:52 UTC 2009

Have you seen this?  http://www.numberspiral.com/

Upon first glance, I thought I had seen those curves before.  I
realized those shapes are similar to images I saw while browsing the
Mandelbrot set at various extreme zoom-outs and alternate colorings &
viewing angles.  I don't know if people spend much time zooming out on
the M-set because it's very boring for a long while before a new
pattern is observable.  Anyway, I don't remember the address(es) I was
viewing to direct anyone to them but it is interesting to consider
that we have such interest in arbitrarily arranging numbers until we
can find patterns.  What do they mean?  Do they mean anything?  I
always feel like I am about to make a great a-ha discovery... but then
I move on to the next... and can't explain what I saw or thought
during the process.

2009/6/12 spike <spike66 at att.net>:
> Consider this graph.  I lost the axis labels in the cut and paste, but the
> horizontal axis is the order number of the Mersenne prime, 1 thru 47.  The
> vertical axis is the log of the exponent divided by log(2), so that we would
> expect the primes to appear on the line shown.  They did follow the expected
> (but still unexplained) pattern for all of human history.  Now for the past
> five years, they decided to start showing up in baffling abundance.  See the
> last eight (and definitely the last five) on the chart below.  We had a gap
> big enough for seven MPs, which contained only two.  Now we have a gap big
> enough for two MPs, and it is crammed with eight.  Whaaaat in the helllllll
> is going on here?
> spike
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