## Many Worlds Puzzle #3

October 10, 2014 by Matthew Rave

Today there are really 10 puzzles. Can you figure out the significance of each number below? I’ve answered the first to get you started.

1. 681472

This number has a prime factorization of 2^9 x 11^3, which indicates that it equals 88^3. There are 88 keys on a piano…so one obvious interpretation is that the number 681472 is **the number of possible three-note permutations that could start any piece on a piano** (not counting rests, and ignoring duration). I wonder how many of the permutations have actually ever been played over the years?

2. 3927.27272… seconds

3. 23.14069…

4. 2.1656 x 10^185

5. 1.03 light year/year^2

6. 133956

7. About 19.5 million people

8. 0.739085…

9. 1.72048 m^2

10. 0.004295 %

Because many of these problems are challenging, I will post hints in a week or so.

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on October 10, 2014 at 11:50 AM |john zandeDon’t be alarmed, that

whooshingsound you hear is these puzzles flying right over my head 🙂