# Re: A structure revealed

From: Vernon Jenkins (vernon.jenkins@virgin.net)
Date: Sun Jul 28 2002 - 17:33:04 EDT

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David,

I've been having a further think re the numerical matters that divide
us.

Essentially, what you have done with your telephone number is a bit of
"numerology" - a way of
representing this number as a an arbitrary sequence of arithmetical
operations of no interest apart from
showing your ingenuity in extracting lots of biblical numbers from it.

By contrast, the 66^2 - 27^2 relation (referred to in my first
submission) relies on one of the simplest and best known theorems that
just about everyone learns in elementary school algebra, i.e. x^2 -
y^2 = (x+y)(x-y), where, in this case x=66 and y=27.

It is surely important to distinguish "numerology" ( playing around with
arbitrary formulae to make your favourite
numbers add up) from this, which uses a formula that is not arbitrary,
but a pretty fundamental and
useful theorem in elementary algebra.

Regards,

Vernon

bivalve wrote:

> Consider the number 5565184. It may seem like an ordinary 7 digit
> number, but in fact it is composed of several numbers of great
> Biblical significance
> 5565184=4*4*4*4*(3*3*7*7*7*7+12*12-7*7)
> Obviously anyone dialing 5565184 will obtain infallible wisdom,
> unless they just get my answering machine.
> Seriously, this illustrates the fact that numbers connect with each
> other, and enough work will find something interesting about any
> number. As a result, I do not find the presence of numerical
> patterns adding anything to my belief in the inspiration and
> authority of the Bible.
>
> Dr. David Campbell
> Old Seashells
> University of Alabama
> Biodiversity & Systematics
> Dept. Biological Sciences
> Box 870345
> Tuscaloosa, AL 35487 USA