AVF (avf_uk) wrote in innumeracy,
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Find the next term

2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23, 27

That's according to the Clay Mathematics Institute — an organisation promoting mathematics and also the organisation willing to pay $1m dollars for the solution of each of the seven Millennium Prize Problems:

The primes.  Err...
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Are we saying that 27 is a mistake? Or that I can get a million dollars if I explain how it fits?

Either answer is acceptable.
It's a mistake — this is supposed to be the sequence of primes.
Yeah...I attempting clever persiflage.

Series puzzles are often frustrating due to their arbitrariness. Maybe it's actually the ordered sequence of primes and odd natural cubes. Indeed, that is what it is, whether that was the intention or not.



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Hehe yes! That link accentuates my observation in the previous thread. Funny stuff.
It could just be the zeroes of the polynomial:

y = (x-2)(x-3)(x-5)(x-7)(x-11)(x-13)(x-17)(x-23)(x-25)(x-27)...

A pretty stupid polynomial, of course.
Even stupider because I forgot the (x-19) term.