What would you make of a billboard that reads: “{first ten-digit prime found in consecutive digits of e}.com.”? You could have seen it recently on Highway 101, in the heart of Silicon Valley. And if you were a 20-something mathematician, you’d be able to figure out that the number in question is 7427466391, a sequence that starts at the 101st digit of e, the constant that is the base of the natural logarithm. Figure it out, go to the Web site, and then there’s another, even harder, problem to solve. Solve it, go to the next Web page, and be invited to e-mail your resume to … Google!
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