Inside the mysterious Bitcoin hash that shook up the cryptocurrency community

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You know how geeky the cryptocurrency community is, when this is the trending hashtag on Twitter.

This long sequence is a ‘block hash’ — a cryptographic number that is produced when new transactions are validated and written on the Bitcoin blockchain. This particular hash belongs to block number 528249 created on Tuesday.

Usually, no one is excited about block hashes — but there was something very peculiar about the sequence that threw the whole community into a frenzy.

This was the presence of “21e8” in the middle of the string after the zeros end.

“E8 Theory” is a theory in physics that attempts to describe all fundamental interactions in the universe such as gravitational, nuclear and electromagnetic forces. The theory was proposed by Antony Garrett Lisi in his paper “An exceptionally simple theory of everything” in 2007.

The theory is not yet proven — and for the most part was never taken seriously by ‘mainstream’ physicist. But some cryptocurrency enthusiasts are reading between the lines to pitch their own conspiracy theory.

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