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 2005-10-06, 18:24 #1 bearnol     Sep 2005 127 Posts Sending Mersenne exponents into space In the spirit of the film "Contact" [only hopefully better] or Voyager... It occurred to me that the Mersenne exponents (completely unchanged in our symbolic representation - they could easily deduce the symbols are digits, and that we work in base-10) might make good candidates for inscription on future Voyager(s) to communicate our civilization's intelligence and progress to ET(s)?
 2005-10-06, 19:34 #2 kubus     May 2003 Warsaw 178 Posts Why not use a binary representation? Personally, I think sending only 42 Mersenne exponents can only show that our civilization is very poor. I see how they are smiling and asking "why the humans are intrested in Mersenne primes? It is ugly part of math, there is a general formula, stupid humans." I suggest we should stick with sending only some first prime numbers.
 2005-10-07, 00:57 #3 Peter Nelson     Oct 2004 232 Posts I think bearnol's idea is a good one, although I absolutely agree binary representation is more universal. Binary expression of exponents also fits with the form 2^p -1 which enumerates to strings of 1 in binary. Therefore such encoding might include binary exponent and binary expansion of the related mersenne number (for the first few). Alternatively we could encode perfect numbers in some way. Rather than simply put this on a spacecraft, we should be transmitting this bitstream in the direction of the nearest star using a high power laser beam.
 2005-10-21, 11:18 #4 mfgoode Bronze Medalist     Jan 2004 Mumbai,India 205210 Posts Sending Meresenne exponents into space :surprised I am afraid it is a bit late to be thinking of sending messages of numbers altho' succeeding generations will receive the answers and not us living now. NASA had thought about this decades ago and sent a plaque of a man and woman and the Pythagoras theorem figure. No need of figuring out numbers. They figured out that Geom figures are better even tho they might be subject to lateral inversion. BTW The well known constants were also sent such as c. pi, etc. There has been no reply from anyone(alien) so far. Mally
 2005-10-21, 15:07 #5 victor     Oct 2005 Fribourg, Switzerlan 22×32×7 Posts kubus, why should we look smarter than we are?
2005-10-31, 21:21   #6
kubus

May 2003
Warsaw

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Quote:
 Originally Posted by victor kubus, why should we look smarter than we are?
You got me. That's right, the truth about us will finally be the best for us. Hiding anything can only introduce a misunderstanding.

Thanks your question I realized the more we show the more we can get from aliens. For example if we send the mersenne exponents they can send us back a general formula.

2005-11-27, 03:00   #7
nngs

Jun 2004

22·3·5 Posts

Quote:
 Originally Posted by kubus Why not use a binary representation? Personally, I think sending only 42 Mersenne exponents can only show that our civilization is very poor. I see how they are smiling and asking "why the humans are intrested in Mersenne primes? It is ugly part of math, there is a general formula, stupid humans." I suggest we should stick with sending only some first prime numbers.

Aliens might be still struggling on finding 30th Mersenne prime

2006-01-20, 04:04   #8
thechickenman

Nov 2005
South Carolina

7·11 Posts

Quote:
 Originally Posted by nngs Aliens might be still struggling on finding 30th Mersenne prime
Aliens might be like 90% of the people who know I am intrested in these things...

"Who cares?"

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