Roman numeral dating

Many people have discerned numerical patterns in the Bible.

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Sometimes the date of birth is used, sometimes the date of election. Still, a few of the coincidences are quite startling.

If those do not work, how about the dates of college graduation, marriage, firstborn child, first election to office, or death? The correct birth date for Booth is now thought to be 1838, not 1839, and Booth actually fled to a barn. Although rational explanations exist, a true believer cannot be convinced.

The Pythagoreans’ ideas were a mixture of prescience (the numerical features of musical sounds) and mysticism (3 is male, 4 is female, and 10 is the most perfect number).

Numbers were associated with names for magical purposes: the biblical “number of the beast,” 666, is probably an example of this practice.

Between the two lies fruitful scientific ground, yet to be cultivated extensively.

Numerical coincidences abound, and they are often so remarkable that it is difficult to explain them rationally.

It is also the 17th tetrahedral number, meaning that if you pile up spheres so that successive layers form the triangular numbers 1, 3, 6, 10, and so on, by layer 17 the total number of balls will be 969. Little is known of his life, and in fact he may be a composite figure to whom the discoveries of many different people have been attributed by his followers.

It is not even known whether the Pythagorean theorem in geometry was actually discovered by him.

Mathematics is the study of numbers, shapes, and related structures.

Number mysticism belongs elsewhere and is generally categorized as numerology.

More recently, cranks have sought the secrets of the universe in the dimensions of the Great Pyramid of Giza, an aberration so common that it even has a name—pyramidology.

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