The Hebrew Version of Pi. March 2, 2006Posted 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.