Alice In Wonderland Easter Egg - "Base"-ic Math
Here's a tricky one. On about the third page of chapter two, Alice starts speaking out some bizarre equations...
"Let me see: four times five is twelve, and four times six is thirteen, and four times seven is -- oh dear! I shall never get to twenty at that rate!"
Alice is correct. 4*5=12... when expressed in base 18. Bases are different standards by which numbers are measured. We count in base 10, computers count in base 2 (a.k.a. binary). HTML colors are in base 16 (a.k.a. hexadecimal, like 1F(b16) is 31(b10)). So anyway, following this pattern...
4*13=1A (b42) (or about 32(b10) short of 20). The equation falls apart here. Alice will never get to 20 at this rate. :)
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||eric-at-bibliopile on 12-05-2000
good knowledge of math
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