Math errors in python

Dan Bishop danb_83 at yahoo.com
Mon Sep 20 14:11:03 CEST 2004


Andrew Dalke <adalke at mindspring.com> wrote in message news:<QVu3d.5383$gG4.1881 at newsread1.news.pas.earthlink.net>...
> Andrea:
> > This is from the Bible...
> > 
> > 007:023 And he made a molten sea, ten cubits from the one brim to the
> >         other: it was round all about, and his height was five cubits:
> >         and a line of thirty cubits did compass it round about.
> > 
> > So it's clear that pi must be 3
> 
> Or that the walls were 0.25 cubits thick, if you're talking
> inner diameter vs. outer.  ;)

Or it could be 9.60 cubits across and 30.16 cubits around, and the
numbers are rounded to the nearest cubit.

Also, I've heard that the original Hebrew uses an uncommon spelling of
the word for "line" or "circumference".  Perhaps that affects the
meaning.



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