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The Hebrew Version of Pi. March 2, 2006

Posted by nukemhill in Family, Math/Science.

Everything you ever wanted to know about how the ancient Hebrews calculated Pi. Truly fascinating, in that geeky, knowledge-craving kinda way.

The text of the Hebrew Bible approximates Pi to 3:

1 Kings 7:23: “And he made a molten sea [tank], ten cubits from the one brim to the other: it was round all about, and its height was five cubits: and a line of thirty cubits did circle it round about”.

But an analysis of the letters in the word “line”–QVH (Qof, Vav, Hea)–both in written and oral form, presents a ratio of numbers that is much closer to the known irrational value of 3.14159… .

Like I said:  truly for the Inner Geek.



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