Introduction to the Notebook Michael Hanttula's 'LOST' Notebook
Notes on the Inhabitants of the Island
The Numbers: 4,8,15,16,23,42
  • The numbers are: 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42
  • The numbers add up to: 108
  • The numbers were originally being transmitted from the Black Rock Radio Tower until Rousseau changed the transmission to her distress signal
  • Hurley used the numbers to win the lottery
  • Sam Toomey (a non-island character) used the numbers to win a bean count
  • The numbers appeared on the side of the hatch that Locke & Boone discovered (Hurley saw them on the hatch & warned Locke to not light the dynamite’s fuse… Locke still did)
  • Rousseau wrote the numbers on her map seven times
  • The Numbers must be entered into a machine within “The Hatch” every 108 minutes (or, it’s believed, it will be the end … of everything.)
  • The Numbers were listed on the bottles of fluid that Desmond was injecting into his arm AND on the bottles of fluid being injected into Claire’s baby (in utero). The fluid was referenced as a “vaccine”
  • In a video (as part of “The LOST Experience” game), Alvar Hanso references the “Valenzetti Equation” of Enso Valenzetti that predicts the exact number of years and months until humanity “extinquishes itself” & reveals that “the numbers” (4 8 15 16 23 42) are “numerical values to the core environment and human factors” in the Valenzetti Equation. He goes on to emphasize that the goal of the work on the island is to change (at least) one of the “core numerical values” and that doing so will save humanity.
  • Instances of the numbers are too numerous to list here, but there is a great collection of the uses of 4,8,15,16,23,42 at
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