Sunday, March 19, 2017

Biblical origins of pi?


Do you want to know more about pi and its ancient history, including Biblical background? 

Consider this:

Calculating the value of pi has been a puzzle for millennia. One of the earliest implied values is given in a Biblical passage describing the construction of a huge basin for Solomon’s Temple: “Then [Hiram of Tyre] made the molten sea; it was round, ten cubits from brim to brim, and five cubits high. A line of thirty cubits would encircle it completely” (1 Kings 7:23). In other words, pi = 30÷10 or 3.

Read more about it here.



9 comments:

  1. Thanks very much, Tim - that is interesting.

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    1. Margot, I have read somewhere that all the answers to the mysteries of the universe will be found via mathematics. I never made it past algebra, so I remain clueless.

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  2. Biology is essentially Chemistry, Chemistry is essentially Physics and Physics is essentially Maths. Therefore: Everything is Mathematics.

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    1. CyberKitten, I had half-baked dreams of being either a chemical or mechanical engineer when I started high school. Then I struggled through two years of algebra. My ambitions were altered: I went to college in '63 as a history major; I eventually finished college in '72 as a theater major; and I completed an M.A. in 2000 as an English major (i.e., all those majors were predicated upon a simple notion -- there would be no math involved).

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  3. I loved Maths in High School and could easily do quadratic equations in my head. My teacher thought I must be cribbing off people sitting next to me because I skipped most of the working out. I protested so he set me a challenge - which I did. He then asked me how I got from the 'middle' of the question to the end - as I'd jumped a few steps. So I explained how I did it in my head quite automatically. He went away satisfied. Unfortunately higher level maths - or the teaching of - completely ruined me and these days my mind freezes when I see an equation!

    My education from age 18 has been exclusively in the Humanities. So far I have a BA and 2 MA's. I'm considering doing an MSc next before I retire and have the time/lack of distractions to do a PhD. At least that's the plan/hope!

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    1. i'm impressed; also chagrined in my audacity in promulgating my own puerile opinions, only having an AA in auto mechanics and a BS in geology...

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    2. Hey, Mudpuddle, I think education (i.e., the kind available in schools) is over-rated. Some of the smartest people I have known in life were spared the effects of a lengthy schoolhouse education.

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    3. I learnt far more out of school than I ever did in it. I get a great deal more out of education now that I can follow my own interests - even if I have to pay for it these days.

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    4. i've been interested in too many things; the typical Jack of all trades, master of none... but i have to add, it's been a lot of fun...

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