Comment: I have no problem with looking for patterns

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I have no problem with looking for patterns

One of the reasons I am hung up on the concept of zero is that in calculus there are similarities in the behavior of zero and infinity. I believe that there is a design to the universe, and I have looked for patterns in strange places. It's just that this particular system, claiming to have unlocked the secrets of the universe and the mathematical definition of God (or some such), just isn't what it claims (although one of the things I've learned is that the surer I am of something, the more likely I am to be wrong....)

I'll see what I can do in other bases, though between work and kids I have far less time on my hands than I used to, so it may take a while.

One exercise that got me hooked quite a number of years ago was this:

Take a deck of playing cards and shuffle it perfectly. How many times do you have to shuffle it to get the deck back to its original configuration? Try to find an equation for the number of shuffles based on the number of cards in the deck. I thought the pattern would be simple, but I never figured it out. Of course, I was in college and I eventually lost interest as it didn't really seem to lead anywhere important (at least compared to trying to get a date - no small task for a geek like me). Of course it probably really does hold the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything.