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I hate to make my first contribution here something

concerning the Bible. I am rather more interested in

discussing Extropianism here than discussing a book

that most likely most people here do not agree with

(or for that matter read). However, in the name of

putting this subject to bed, I'll make a short

contribution.

People who claim that the Bible says PI = 3 show their

ignorance of the science of measurement rather than some

trivial, unimportant error in an ancient non-mathematical

text.

Here is what it says:

*> Now he made the sea of cast metal ten cubits from brim
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*> to brim, circular in form, and its height was five cubits,
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*> and thirty cubits in circumference.
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All measurements are expressed to a degree of accuracy. If I

say a room is ten feet by ten feet, I obviously mean that it

ten feet wide, to the nearest foot, and ten feet long, to the

nearest foot. This is basic and fundamental to the science

of measurement.

Consequently, we read that the diameter was 10 cubits, it obviously

means ten cubits to the nearest cubit, and that the circumference

was 30 cubits, obviously, meaning 30 cubits to the nearest cubit.

So we know the diameter was between 9.5 cubits and 10.5 cubits,

and that the circumference was between 29.5 and 30.5 cubits.

So, for example, if the diameter was 9.7 cubits, then the

circumference would be 9.7 x 3.14 = 30.46 cubits. By these numbers

a circle with diameter 9.7 cubits (being 10 cubits to the nearest

cubit) would have a circumference of 30.46 cubits (being 30 cubits

to the nearest cubit.) Hence it is entirely possible to make a

circle of diameter ten cubits (to the nearest cubit), and a

circumference of 30 cubits (to the nearest cubit).

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