This is interesting… Joan Ginther from Texas, has won multi-million dollar lottery jackpots four times so far!
- In 1993 she split $11 million.
- In 2006 she won $2 million.
- In 2008 she won $3 million.
- Last month, she won $10 million.
That’s close to $21 million in winnings for Joan! Mathematicians (namely Sandy Norman and Eduardo Duenez) say the chances of winning four multi-million dollar jackpots are as slim as 1 in 18 septillion — that’s
The interesting thing is that Joan Ginther herself was a professor (she earned her doctorate from Stanford University in 1976) and spent many years teaching math.
Check out the site sixfoottallrabbit.co.uk/gameoflife where you can play Conway’s Game of Life (in html5). I was curious what the number 42 would produce, you know, since it’s the answer to life and all.
This is my initial configuration above, the number 42.
After a while, it evolves into the configuration above.
Near the end, it produce 2 gliders (on the far right and far left) that travel on forever, along with a few blocks and behive.
I’m not sure what I was hoping for. I tried about 50 different configurations which all look like the number 42 to see if I could get a “gun” but so far all the ones I tried ended up with still lives, oscillators, and a few spaceships.
I think it’d be pretty cool if you could start with 42 and get a gun that continues to “create life”!