Asimov, Computers and the Kabbalah Centre

As I mentioned in my last blog, Isaac Asimov wrote a cool short story many years ago, long before I knew about the Kabbalah Centre and the 72 names, which I found intriguing at the time, and find astounding now. So the story goes like this: some computer scientists have programmed some incredibly powerful computers, (probably like last year’s slower laptops, but what the heck), to run through every possible combination of Hebrew letters which can be combined to compose the (almost) infinite number of the names of God. I don’t remember how long the program actually ran for in the story, but it was long, maybe even years. But when the scientists knew that the calculations were about to complete, they all gathered together to see if the predictions of what would happen would really come true. Gotta go.

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