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January 1, 2008

Zero Theory

srikanth @ 11:51 am, GMT +0000 ( 1199188278 ) Play

5b892634e62768010b3e4b02db993d35.jpgGreetings, fellow time-travelers! Arbitrary as all conventions may be, we’re quite attached to them. And, in the spirit of the season, here’s wishing you a very happy new year! We hope you’ve enjoyed the ride so far in the 4th dimension, and will continue to do so over this notch on the time axis.

We’ve had a blast racking our brains (and Wikipedia :-) for those crazy little details that make things so much more interesting. From music to sci-fi, we’ve managed to land on quite a few strange lands and plan to touch on many more in 2008. We’ve barely scratched the surface of geekery.

Now, on to the regular schedule.

Today is another interesting occasion. Udupendra has scored a 100 points on BoiledBeans! Congratulations! This occasion definitely deserves a w00t. To celebrate this century, here’s a perfectly-formed guest question from this King of Nerds – all hail! (The Q came to us complete with post-title clue… Guess you’ve been spending lots of time here dude :-).

Identify this scientist (who has a unit named after him):

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And connect him to this album cover:

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Cracked by: madhur, bs, bobo, Dibyo, Keerthi Kiran M, Rohan, gammafunction, Ranjana Ninan, jayanth, prasanth, Prasad, nishas thambi, Tathagata Chatterjee, nishansolo and shashank.

Answer: The scientist in the picture is Emile Baudot (of “Baud rate” fame) . The second picture is the cover of Coldplay’s album X&Y. The strange glyphs on the cover are, supposedly, the values X&Y written in Baudot Code.


21 Responses to “Zero Theory”

  1. madhur
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    1. Jean-Maurice-Émile Baudot (Baud unit used in telecommunication is named after him)
    2. It is the cover album of English rock band Coldplay’s 3rd album X&Y

    The colorful blocks are supposed to represent the title of the album, X&Y, in Baudot code (invented by Jean-Maurice-Émile Baudot)which is a 5-bit alphanumeric cipher used by telegraphs.


  2. bs

    Emile Baudot. Coldplay’s album X & Y, the blocks of colors (and gaps) supposedly represent bits along the columns and spell out ‘X & Y’ when decoded according to the Baudot code.


  3. emile baudot.

    baudot code used in coldplay’s X&Y cover


  4. The scientist is Henri becquerel-unit is becquerels which gives the frequencies of aperiodic observations(exponential decay and death metal:)!!)and the album is X and Y from coldplay which had the track Speed of Sound…
    The clue is zero theory because the album’s title prior to release was rumored to be “zero theory”


  5. Dibyo
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    Jean-Maurice-Émile Baudot, after whom the ‘baud’ is named.

    This Coldplay album cover is written in the Baudot code.


  6. Keerthi Kiran M

    Scientist: Jean-Maurice-Émile Baudot
    Album : Coldplay’s X&Y
    Connect : The cover art
    The blocks in the cover art are supposed to represent the title of the album, X&Y, in Baudot code, a 5-bit alphanumeric cipher used by telegraphs.


  7. Keerthi Kiran M

    By the way,
    The term “baud” (a measure of symbols transmitted per second) is named after Emile Baudot


  8. VikraM

    the scientist is Ernst Mach,and the Mach number is named after him. coldplay’s album X&Y has a track ‘speed of sound’,which is mach 1 in any medium:)


  9. Rohan
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    This is emile baudot, for whom the unit baud is named..

    The album cover for x and y by coldplay is based on the baudot code..

    and as a footnote, zero theory was one of the names considered for x and y


  10. gammafunction
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    Emile Baudot is the inventor of Baudot code

    the album in question is Coldplay’s X and Y and the cover depicts X and Y written in Baudot code (a 5 bit bit alphanumeric code used in telegraph)


  11. Ranjana Ninan

    Ernst Mach->Coldplay Album cover->Speed of Sound->Mach unit


  12. Ranjana Ninan

    oops..The guy doesnt look like Mach..
    Baudot(baud)->Coldplay album cover which is the Baudot Code for their album name ‘X&Y’


  13. nice question!
    The term “baud” (a measure of symbols transmitted per second) is named after Emile Baudot(man in pic 1).

    pic 2 is the cover of the coldplay album x&y.
    The blocks are supposed to represent the title of the album, X&Y, in Baudot code, a 5-bit alphanumeric cipher used by telegraphs. However, one ‘dot’ is missing in the third column meaning that the title actually represents “X9Y” or “X96” depending on whether you read the “Figures” instruction to apply for the next character only or the rest of the message (the official ITA2 standard uses the latter case).


  14. prasanth
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    Inventor is Emile baudot – the unit- “baud” (a measure of symbols transmitted per second) is named after him.

    the album is X&Y by coldplay

    connect: the album cover’s blocks are supposed to represent the title of the album, X&Y, in Baudot code, a 5-bit alphanumeric cipher used by telegraphs. a dot is missing which actually makes it X9Y or X96


  15. Prasad

    The scientist dude is Emile Baudot, inventor of the Baudot code.
    The album cover belongs to X & Y by Coldplay. On the cover, the blocks are supposed to represent the title of the album, X&Y, in Baudot code.


  16. nishas thambi

    Emile Baudot, Baud

    “In 1870, Emile Baudot devised a system for telegraphists to represent each letter of the alphabet by a string of five 0s or 1s. The letter X was represented by 10111 and Y by 10101. The first column of colours on the cover shows a black and grey block representing a 1, followed by a gap representing a zero, then three more blocks of colour giving three 1s. The first letter in Coldplay’s title is the letter X. The last column gives us 10101 or the letter Y.

    So what about the middle two columns? Five 0s and 1s can represent 2x2x2x2x2=32 different characters. This is rather limiting if numbers and punctuation are to be included in the code. Baudot decided to use one of the strings of 0s and 1s to denote a shift key. The symbol following the shift key could then come from an alternative set of characters, just as the shift key on a keyboard offers access to new symbols.

    The second column of colours represents Baudot’s shift key, 11011. The third column of colours becomes the new symbol &. All four columns combine to disclose the title: X & Y.”


  17. Tathagata Chatterjee
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    Jean-Maurice-Émile Baudot
    X&Y – album by Coldplay
    The blocks in the album’s cover art are supposed to represent the title of the album, X&Y, in Baudot code, a 5-bit alphanumeric cipher used by telegraphs.

    Regards,
    Tathagata Chatterjee


  18. nishansolo

    Émile Baudot

    The album’s cryptic cover art is in Baudot code, a 5-bit alphanumeric cipher used by telegraphs. The Baudot code, named after its inventor Émile Baudot.


  19. Sagnik Dhar

    Album: X&Y by Coldplay

    Scientist: Wilhelm Roentgen

    Connection: Roentgen was the first to detect X-rays and Gamma(Y) rays, and the album name is X&Y


  20. shashank
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    1. Émile Baudot
    2. Coldplay’s X & Y cover

    The album’s cryptic cover art was designed by Tappin Gofton (aka Mark Tappin and Simon Gofton), who created the cover for The Chemical Brothers’ release, Push the Button. The blocks are supposed to represent the title of the album, X&Y, in Baudot code, a 5-bit alphanumeric cipher used by telegraphs. (Wikipedia)


  21. udupendra
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    Adding commment here, because I noticed that results of a webmaster debate might significantly alter my max(runlength)


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