Re: [asa] Empiricism, Faith and Science

From: gordon brown <gbrown@euclid.Colorado.EDU>
Date: Tue Sep 26 2006 - 11:25:02 EDT

On Tue, 26 Sep 2006 wrote:

> Vernon wrote:
> > It's not that I don't want to, Paul; it's just not possible! You see,
> > numerical geometry as a pictorial tool is confined to a relatively small subset
> > of the natural numbers - and 1899 is not found among these.
> Maybe not numerical geometry, but how about prime numbers,
> or some other pattern. So little is understood about natural
> numbers, maybe 1899 has something else to offer.

If the text of Genesis 1:1 had come down to us without the object markers,
I think that Vernon would still have found interesting features. For
example, he might observe what happens if one permutes the digits of 1899.
1998=2x999, and 8991= 9x999, and 999 is a multiple of 37, which interests
him very much. Of course, these two should count as only one feature since
switching the first and fourth digits of any number makes a difference in
value of a multiple of 999.

Gordon Brown
Department of Mathematics
University of Colorado
Boulder, CO 80309-0395

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