Since it's Friday, and I'm really looking forward to the weekend, I've created yet another riddle for everyone to try and solve.
I was in my chemistry class the other day, and I noticed something rather odd about the periodic table.
I couldn't place my finger on it, yet I could see it clear as day. The professor stated that it was a new technology that he had created and it disproved a lot of the fundamental teachings for math and science. He stated that with the fundamentals of his technology, a basic math equation such as $4 + 6 = 10$ was now wrong. I asked how this could be, and he simply responded:
The very fabric of our knowledge is built on a lie that was established thousands of years ago.
How, seriously, how can this be correct? The lie that he speaks of has been proven over the course of these thousands of years.
Well, I decided to dive further into his periodic table, and couldn't find any of the essential building blocks such as hydrogen or helium. No matter how I did the math, I just couldn't do it. However, I was able to prove the following formulas true:
$4 + 20 = 61$
$13c + 6 = 36$
$15 + 4 = 12$
I was told there is another accurate formula that supports the professor's claims in his thesis, and that to find it I would have to solve a nested riddle which has also proven quite difficult.
The proof that you seek, is hidden in code; then scrambled again, the message unknown.
The key that you'll need, is hidden as well; seventy-seven minus all will tell.
Built on three, plus four you will see; the message that's hidden, not given, not free.
He gave me a piece of paper with a message scribbled on it; and told me to visit this website. He said that I shouldn't change the available mode options, but that the riddle above will tell me what to do. Here is the text:
He also said that he found another formula quite useful on his journey to creating this new technology, and said that it might prove to be useful to me:
$PL - P$
I'm not really sure what to make of it; hopefully you guys can help me out here. What is the professor's thesis, and what is the final formula that supports it? Also, what’s up with the weird expression he said would help?
Notes and Hints
I updated the message to be more fitting to a proper answer. For those who haven’t managed to decrypt yet, the unencrypted portions of the puzzle still apply. Just the encrypted portions have changed. I didn’t like the original answer as I thought it didn’t do the puzzle justice. The old version is still available in the edit history if you so choose.
Encryption Hint: The encryption method is difficult to figure out based on the minimal information given; however, once you find it you'll have one of those "ohhhhhhh okay" moments.
The message encrypted, electrical ties; would you like McChicken, or a burger with fries?
Key Hint: The key, similar to the encryption method is also difficult to find due to the nature of the riddle. I can tell you it is all lower case, and is more than one word!
The key you all need, is trapped within space; where it can seem hard, to keep up your pace.
Final Hint: Since there is already an answer that has made it to the final stages, I've decided to give one last hint to really help everyone.
The paragraphs start, after the art; include everything but math.
- @user477343's comment in Rot13 is correct, also brought up this post.
- The linked puzzle has no relation to this one.
- @Hugh wondered if the duplication of elements was significant.
- In response, the only significance is that one provides a correct answer, where the other does not. I used duplicated elements to throw people off.
- @SteveV pointed out the duplication of column headers 3 and 10 being IIIA.
- This is purely coincidence and has no significance. Also, great reference to 32, 18, and 17. I thought about using those in my puzzle but decided against it.
If you have any questions along your journey, feel free to ask; and as always, if you down-vote, please explain in a comment how I can improve my post.