Bridges: Mathematical Connections in Art, Music, and Science (1999)

Pages 302–302

Let us consider the sequence. 1, 11,21, 1211, 111221, ... , where each term is the reading (by a machine) of the preceding one: 11 means "once one", i.e., the reading of the first term; 21 means "twice one", i.e., the reading of the second term; 1211 means "once two once one", i.e., the reading of the third term, etc. Given a positive integer a, its successive readings r(a), r(r(a)), ... leads to an infinite sequence s(a) of positive integers.

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