## July 27, 2011

### Edison would be proud?

Super question from shrik. Thanks saar!

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Answer:

quoting username

1. Brun’s constant

2. Meissel–Mertens constant

3. pi

connect: Google’s bids for Nortel patents

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Google bids for the Nortel patents (times a number with a lot of zeroes)

Google’s bids for Nortel (http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/02/us-dealtalk-nortel-google-idUSTRE76104L20110702) – Brun’s constant, Meissel-Mertens constant, and pi billion $$$s respectively.

Ernst Meissel, Viggo Brun (after whom mathematical constants are named), Pi etc

Google’s bids for Nortel were based on these number.

Google mystified other participants in an auction for Nortel Networks’ wireless patents last week by bidding $1,902,160,540 — a reference to Brun’s constant — and later bidding $2,614,972,128 for the Meissel-Mertens constant.They ended up submitting a bid for $3.14159 billion – a reference to Pi. :)

Google ended up losing the auction

Viggo Brun

Ernst Meissel

Franz Mertens

Pi

Connect is bids by google for nortel patents

they based their bids on brun constant, Meissel–Mertens constant & value of pi

Google bids for Nortel

pi, Brun’s constant, Meissel-Mertens constant

Bid for Nortel patents.

Google bid pi, RIM bid Brun’s constant, Microsoft bid Meissel-Mertens constant.

Bids for Nortel Patents

Google bid $3.14159 billion for Pi

Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry maker RIM and Sony quoted amounts like $1,902,160,540 and $2,614,972,128 (Brun’s constant & the Meissel-Mertens constant)

Pics :

1. Viggo Brun

2. Ernst Meissel

3. Franz Mertens

brun’s constant

meissel-mertens constant

pi

the was a bidding for these patents held by nortel.

goggle bid against six-strong consortium including Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry maker RIM and Sony

Google’s bidding amounts the the Nortel suite of patents in billions of dollars. All of them were based on math constants.

At the auction for Nortel Networks’ wireless patents Google’s bids were mystifying, such as $1,902,160,540 and $2,614,972,128. Brun’s constant and Meissel-Mertens constant and Pi.

the bids for the ip of nortel networks were meissel-mertens constant, brun’s constant and pi…(in billions, or so)

1 must be Bruns, 2a and 2b I’m assuming are Meissel and Mertens (dont know which is which) and 3 is pi.

These are the values (multiplied by a billion) which Google bid for acquiring the Nortel patents.

Google Bids Pi for Nortel’s patents

viggo Brun , Ernst Meissel and Mertens

A recent WTF moment – Google decided to have some fun in their failed bids for the 6000 Nortel patents. They submitted bids of $1,902,160,540, $2,614,972,128 and $3.14159 billion, which in fact are Brun’s constant, Meissel-Mertens constant and Pi respectively.

Google’s bids for various companies has been reflective of Pi , Brun’s constant and Meissel-Mertens constant

More dough here :

http://open.salon.com/blog/wqb.....ts/comment

@Shrik : Nice question!!!

Brun, Meissel, Mertens & Pi.

Google and others like Apple and Microsoft were in a bidding war for the bankrupt Nortel Networks. At one point, Google bid $3.14159 billion, a reference to Pi.

During the bidding war, Google bid amounts like $1,902,160,540 and $2,614,972,128, which are respectively references to Brun’s constant and the Meissel-Mertens constant.

Google recently bid for Nortel patents in the amounts of these(their) constants.

1. Brun’s constant

2. Meissel–Mertens constant

3. pi

connect: Google’s bids for Nortel patents