The World's Simplest Impossible Problem. Moler, C. MathWorks Technical Articles and Newsletters, 1:92036v00+, 1990.
abstract   bibtex   
If the average of two numbers is three, what are the numbers? The solution to this problem is not unique, and the problem is ill-defined, but that does not mean that MATLAB\textregistered cannot solve it. [] In this article from 1990, Cleve Moler explores this simple yet impossible problem and others like it using MATLAB to find answers with the fewest nonzero components and other '' nice'' solutions.
@article{molerWorldSimplestImpossible1990,
  title = {The World's Simplest Impossible Problem},
  author = {Moler, Cleve},
  year = {1990},
  volume = {1},
  pages = {92036v00+},
  abstract = {If the average of two numbers is three, what are the numbers? The solution to this problem is not unique, and the problem is ill-defined, but that does not mean that MATLAB\textregistered{} cannot solve it.

[] In this article from 1990, Cleve Moler explores this simple yet impossible problem and others like it using MATLAB to find answers with the fewest nonzero components and other '' nice'' solutions.},
  journal = {MathWorks Technical Articles and Newsletters},
  keywords = {*imported-from-citeulike-INRMM,~INRMM-MiD:c-14226329,aesthetic-value,ambiguity,computational-science,mathematical-reasoning,multiplicity,semantic-constraints},
  lccn = {INRMM-MiD:c-14226329}
}
Downloads: 0