Re: A structure revealed

From: Vernon Jenkins (
Date: Sun Jul 28 2002 - 17:33:04 EDT

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

    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.



    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
    > That is Uncle Joe, taken in the masonic regalia of a Grand Exalted
    > Periwinkle of the Mystic Order of Whelks-P.G. Wodehouse, Romance at
    > Droitgate Spa

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