ERIC Number: EJ862210
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
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.
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Measurement Techniques, Problem Solving, History, Geometric Concepts
Mathematical Association of America. 1529 Eighteenth Street NW, Washington, DC 20036. Tel: 800-741-9415; Tel: 202-387-5200; Fax: 202-387-1208; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.maa.org/pubs/cmj.html
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A