Aliens Leave A Pop Quiz In A Rapeseed Field

Apparently bored with abducting yokels and being shot at by Will Smith, some erudite extraterrestrial has deposited a crop circle in England that puts our left brains to the test. What you're looking at, Earthlings, is a complex mathematical theorem.

The pattern showed up recently in a field in Wiltshire and looks to contain a binary code. According to crop researcher Lucy Pringle:

Working from the centre outwards, people are suggesting it has a connection to Leonhard Euler's theorem e^(i)pi+1=0 which is thought to be one of the most beautiful theorems in mathematics.

So there you have it! Either the aliens have started giving us homework, or Leonhard Euler's theorem bears a remarkable resemblance to "Send Reinforcements" in Altarian. [Telegraph]


    When they come to check our homework, can I use the excuse "the harvester ate my homework"?

    With all the new GPS powered harvesters, this would not of been that hard to do.

    would love to know how they expressed two irrational numbers with that.

      @Sam Brady:

      The equation is actually encoded in ASCII - it doesn't say 3.1415926, but actually says pi.

      To me, that's the best proof that it's man-made. Why would aliens use ASCII?

    Looks man made to us.

    No way to prove it is from extraterrestials, in fact, the pattern looks quite do-able for humans...

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