The Magic of Base 3

Gordon Mohr gojomo@usa.net
Thu, 25 Oct 2001 01:02:05 -0700


Fascinating article on Base-3 numbering systems:

    http://americanscientist.org/Issues/Comsci01/Compsci2001-11.html

(I know no easy way to convert all the notation used
to plain text, so you'll have to browse to this.)

Especially when it starts talking about balanced ternary
notation and generating arbitrarily-long square free
base-3 sequences, it starts reminding me of physics and
cellular automata, and thus also to what I expect to see
in Stephen Wolfram's due-real-soon-now "A New Kind Of 
Science".

If the universe is a cellular automaton, might its 
substrate be inherently 3-valued?

- Gordon