Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Numb3rs reference: Neil Sloane's Online Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences

This week's episode of Numb3rs had a reference to Neil Sloane's (AT&T colleague) Online Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences. Charlie was attempting to backtrace where a network hacker was coming from, and discovered that his own code had been compromised. A secret code had been inserted, that spelt out a number sequence. Charlie was explaining this in class,
Student in Charlie's class: 23, 5, 18 is W E R in Sloane's Encyclopedia of
Integer Sequences. Maybe it's simple alphabet cipher?
(Thanks to Graham for the dialogue)

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