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6accdae13eff7i3l9n4o4qrr4s8t12ux's Trifle

  • ew ah2ls 3efho2rt aem2su eht c2elmopt achilpsy ac3eilnquv fo a 3ag2ilnor2tv defil adn a cdegi2n2op2rs 2a2c2eilnort fo eht c4efn2r em2sty
  • g2hos2tu aer d3erst in d2e2finrt aswy
  • be el2s ciors2u abotu 2elo2p adn emor ciors2u abotu adeis
  • cimsu is a 2dehin aceh2imr2t c3eirsx fo eht losu c2hiw deos not know ah2t it is cgi2notu
  • i acn be oruy ehor a2by i acn ik2s 2awy eht ainp i i2lw adnst by ouy 2efo2rv ouy acn aekt my abehrt 2awy
  • cgi2ot egor msu

Solution

author: Will Earley

The solution of this problem involves anagrams. Searching for '6accdae13eff7i3l9n4o4qrr4s8t12ux' on Google reveals it to be a form of proof-of-priority hash used by Newton to protect his theorem of calculus. (I can't remember the context, but trifle was also a reference to Newton for some obscure anecdote.) The procedure is to sort the letters in the phrase and then run-length encode them. Each list item is a result of this procedure, but for solvability it's applied only to individual words.

Solving each reveals the following quotes, and Google provides the authors:

  • "We shall therefore assume the complete physical equivalence of a gravitational field and a corresponding acceleration of the reference system." - Albert Einstein
  • "Thoughts are steered in different ways." - Stanislaw Ulam
  • "Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas." - Marie Curie
  • "Music is a hidden arithmetic exercise of the soul, which does not know that it is counting." - Gottfried Leibnitz
  • "I can be your hero, baby. I can kiss away the pain. I will stand by you forever. You can take my breath away." - Enrique Iglesias
  • "Cogito ergo sum" - René Descartes

The authors' surnames spell out EUCLID, the final answer.