> LOL, There are those who profess to know, and
> those who actually know. You might want to check
> out problem # 48. Now sir chase your tail all you
> wish it matters not to me.
What a fondness for jousting! Are you beating your own team members over the head with ratty old papyri now? lol You did see that 22/7 was the number on David's jersey, just like yours?
What should make us think the ancient Egyptians knew Pi? Well, if we try to catch them actually using it in some manner that's fairly obvious...
A probable grouping of architectural proportions or formulas that invite the application of Pi, rather than 22/7, at higher powers might be one example. I find big pyramids tend to be chatty that way. Larger pieces of architecture where we might be able to spot the difference between the two through both the scale and our faith in the accuracy of a data source might be another. If ever we catch Pi or 22/7 adding a foot and a half to Petrie's measures we will know for sure something is amiss as long as we don't go change our cubit or something to buffer the error, yes?
Perhaps larger measures like temenos walls or distances between pyramids might be able to help settle the question? I've been looking at both lately but not at all in the context of whether they might be proof of Pi.
PS: Are you sure you haven't seen this one on a papyrus somewhere? 355 / 113 = 3.14159292. That's pretty good for a crazy guy who claims he also invented 22/7. If I invented 355 / 113, I certainly wouldn't be bragging about inventing 22/7. Behold, I have made greatness and... um... also some not-so-greatness.
Edited 4 time(s). Last edit at 28-Dec-19 05:10 by thinkitover.