A new video posted on the Internet Monday shows scientific filmmaker Derek Muller asking a series of individuals if they can solve a simple math riddle — and, while the pattern is simple, multiple people struggle to produce the correct answer.
“I’m going to give you guys three numbers, a three number sequence,” Muller explains at the start of the video, which has just over 750,000 views on YouTube. “And I have a rule in mind that these numbers obey. And I want you to try to figure out what that rule is.”
The YouTube sensation then offers the sequence of “2, 4, 8″ to the series of individuals, asking them to propose three different numbers that follow the same pattern.
Most immediately suggest 16, 32 and 64 — but that’s not the answer Muller is looking for. We don’t want to give away the video’s payoff, so you will have to watch to hear the answer, but it has fascinated a number of people on the web.
“Brilliant,” wrote on individual on YouTube.
“Both scientific and philosophical,” commented another. “Well played.”
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