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Mathematicians have finally located the “seemingly impossible” number after 32 years, thanks to supercomputers

Mathematicians have finally located the “seemingly impossible” number after 32 years, thanks to supercomputers

It was previously assumed that the ninth Dedekind number was impossible to collect. (Image credit: Shutterstock)

Mathematicians armed with supercomputers have finally determined the value of a complex number that was previously thought impossible to compute.

The number, known as the “Ninth Dedekind Number” or D(9), is actually the tenth digit in the sequence. Each Dedekind number represents the number of possible configurations of a given type of true-false logical operation in different spatial dimensions. (The first number in the sequence is D(0), which represents zero dimensions. This is why D(9), which represents nine dimensions, is the tenth number in the sequence.)