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ERIC Number: EJ862210
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0746-8342
Solomon's Sea and [Pi]
Simoson, Andrew J.
College Mathematics Journal, v40 n1 p22-32 Jan 2009
This paper is a whimsical survey of the various explanations which might account for the biblical passage in I Kings 7:23 that describes a round object--a bronze basin called Solomon's Sea--as having diameter ten cubits and circumference thirty cubits. Can the biblical pi be any number other than 3? We offer seven different perspectives on this historical puzzle.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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