- Paperback: 628 pages
- Publisher: American Book Publishers (November 15, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0833030477
- ISBN-13: 978-0833030474
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1.5 x 10.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (682 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,324,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A sampling of this "work":
Page 36 - Line 6 - 15 characters in should be 5, not 4.
Page 99 - Line 18 - first three characters should be "453" not "345".
Page 145 - Line 2 - 7th and 19th characters transposed.
Page 190 - Whole line of numbers omitted betwen 6th and 7th lines.
Pages 210 and 211 - Two sections appear quasi-randomized, instead of randomized.
Also, if you stare at it long enough, you can decode something around page 300 about Jody Foster and J.D. Salinger giving me some sort of instructions. I'm going to stay up another couple nights staring at this to see if I can make out anything further.
Post-Script: After a couple of weeks of studying this book, I set it down and let it be for a while. However, something kept nagging at me - something I couldn't put my finger on. I knew that I had seen all this somewhere before, I just couldn't place it... I was thinking Dan Brown, but I think the Di Vinci Code had something to do with painting or the Vatican or something like that. Maybe that Oprah Book Club guy who got caught lying, but that was kinda a different thing too.
I let it go, but it just kept eating at me. I knew I had seen it before, I just knew it. About a month later, I decided to bring the book along to the Rhode Island coast so that I'd have something to thumb through on the beach. As I battled livered kelp from between my toes with the murmur of low tide brushing the pebbled shore on the wind, a revelation hit me between the eyes like a Mack truck into a kindergarten.
"WAIT A MINUTE!" I literally jumped out of my fold-away beach lounger: "This is just a straight copy of a string of digits appearing in pi!" Sure enough somewhere in the first 10^(10^7) or so digits of pi, there it was. The authors (if you can call them that) had just cut-and-pasted straight out of the original work!
Since then, I've been writing increasingly vitriolic communiqués to the Rand Corporation daily trying to get them to admit to their fraud, but as of yet have had no response.
But after reading the book a while I started seeing a pattern. I did extensive research to prove my theory. After hours of mathematical modeling I conclusively proved that there is a set of numbers in this book that it not only a pattern, but is outright sequential!
The top corner of each page (left corner on the left side pages, right corner of the right side pages) was a list of sequential numbers from 1 to 628, all in a row. No numbers are skipped. Even the prime numbers are included! At first you don't notice this because there is only 1 number on each page. But as you advance through the book you notice that the numbers keep advancing by 1 every time you turn the page.
In my copy of the book, all of the puzzles were already filled in which I find really annoying and what is worse, most of them have been filled in wrongly.
I have been through the whole book really carefully and only found seven puzzles that had been filled out correctly! Yes, just seven.
Well, making the best of a bad job, I am now going through the book trying to correct all of the faulty puzzles and I will then submit my corrections.
Perhaps a second edition will be more useful.
I did find last week's winning lottery numbers on page 18 though.
SPOILER ALERT: They just pretty much stay random the whole time, no plot twists or anything. I mean if you've seen one random number, you've seen them all. In a slap in the face of randomness, the very randomness of it got repetitive after a few pages. Save yourself the time, and if you need a random number, just sort of think of a random number in your head and write it down. Odds are its in the book already, and you saved yourself $80.
On the plus side, great comments. Please read my upcoming meta-pop-economics book, "Absurdity, Humor, and Metacommentary in Current Anonymous Internet Communication, A Case Study: Literary Criticism of the Amazon.com Comments Section for the Book 'A Million Random Digits with 100,000 Normal Deviates' by the Rand Corporation." Coming soon to Amazon.com.
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But it isn't just random number, it has a sequence. It's really misleading at that point when I found out, after 2 hours of math, that it...Read more