I'm trying to find the name of a novel (or was it a short story) where a group of humans travel to a distant planet and along the way (through genetics?) become more and more intelligent. I seem to recall that at some point they send back one of their who's a little less bright. Also, they send communications coded with some mathematical factorization that takes humans a long time to decrypt.

Any ideas?

  • Can you remember when you read it? What language was it written in?
    – Niall C.
    Jun 16 '14 at 20:53
  • How many "Starburst" questions does this make? Jun 16 '14 at 22:27

It's Starburst by Frederik Pohl, an expansion of his earlier story "The Gold at the Starbow's End". All of the elements you mention are in the novel. It's come up here before.

Cover of "Starburst" by Frederik Pohl. The cover shows a spaceship heading towards a rainbow-colored circle of light, against a starry space background.

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    Since you know this is a duplicate, why not mark it as such rather than answering again? Jun 16 '14 at 21:22

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