he’s (still) on math

February 5, 2010

What would a numerical representation of your DNA look like? Simply replacing the letters with numbers would make a very long string of only 4 numerals: 1=A, 2=C, 3=G, 4=T, it doesn’t really matter, but the chances of ever finding this string in pi (before you die) are almost nil. There’s always the possibility you just haven’t looked far enough yet, sure, but it’s more likely that the digits of pi are not normally distributed. I’m no theoretical mathematician, but the digits seem random—in such a way that no single numeral (try six) could go missing for the space your DNA requires. It would be very odd if, say, a billion trillion digits in, pi starts using only 4s, 5s, 8s, and 0s for the next, oh, three billion digits.

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