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Theoretical is far more satisfying than 'supernatural'

Theoretical is far more satisfying than ‘supernatural’

A fiendishly complicated mathematical challenge has finally been conquered by mathematicians. The team has exhaustively explored an esoteric 248-dimension structure called E8 and the results take up 60 gigabytes of data. If written out in tiny print, the results would cover an area the size of Manhattan. “E8 was discovered over a century ago, in 1887, and until now, no one thought the structure could ever be understood” says the team leader Jeffrey Adams from the University of Maryland in College Park, US.

Constructs like this prove that people’s yen for the supernatural blinds them to the wonder of the real world. How many theologians can even grasp the concept of 248 dimensions, yet they have more reverence for that three-letter-word?


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