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Stonehenge

Postby Anaxagoras » Fri Jun 22, 2018 6:06 am

I'm seeing all sorts of headlines similar to this one:

Stonehenge secret: Did builders use Pythagoras' theorem 2,000 years before the philosopher lived? :roll:

The famous ancient site at Stonehenge may have been built using Greek philosopher Pythagoras’ famous theorem two millennia before the mathematical equation was developed, experts say.

Ooh, "experts." Should be good.
A new book titled “Megalith: Studies in Stone,” argues that the same geometric principles that framed Pythagoras’ famous work can be found at the prehistoric site. The book’s publication coincides with the Thursday’s summer solstice, which is closely associated with Stonehenge.

The World Heritage site is known for its alignment with the movements of the Sun - thousands travel to the site in Avebury, Southern England, to mark the solstices in Summer and Winter.

The first monument at the site, an early “henge” monument, was constructed about 5,000 years ago. The world-famous stone circle was built around 2,500 B.C. during the late Neolithic period.

What the heck are they talking about here? This:
Citing the book’s authors, The Telegraph reports that a rectangle of four Sarsen stones, or sandstone blocks, when split in half diagonally, forms a perfect Pythagorean 5:12:13 triangle. The Sarsen stones date to 2,750 B.C.

One of the book’s contributors, Robin Heath, also proposes the existence of a great Pythagorean triangle in the English landscape link Stonehenge, the site in Wales from which its bluestones were cut, and Lundy Island, a prehistoric site in England’s Bristol Channel.


But any rectangle if split in half diagonally will form 2 right triangles, which will by virtue of being right triangles obey the Pythagorean theorem. This seems highly dubious. Is there a precise rectangle formed by these 4 stones in the first place, or are they just saying "close enough"?

The other thing I can't even understand. "a great Pythagorean triangle in the English landscape link Stonehenge" What is "landscape link Stonehenge"? What does that mean?
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Re: Stonehenge

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Re: Stonehenge

Postby Witness » Sat Jun 23, 2018 3:54 am

Anaxagoras wrote:The other thing I can't even understand. "a great Pythagorean triangle in the English landscape link Stonehenge" What is "landscape link Stonehenge"? What does that mean?
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What they're talking about are "Pythagorean triples", integers verifying a2 + b2 = c2.
The smallest one is (3, 4, 5): 32 + 42 = 52. And (5, 12, 13) the next one.

There is an infinity of them, the base types where the integers have no common factor as well as their multiples, e. g. something of the form (3k, 4k, 5k).

And there is a nice story from old popular mathematics books that "the Egyptians" used a knotted rope (3 knots intervals/4 knots/5 knots) to define a right angle.


This being said, there are lots of stones at Stonehenge, and it shouldn't be too difficult to find some forming a "Pythagorean triangle" – in the above sense – to reasonable precision. :mrgreen:

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Re: Stonehenge

Postby ed » Sat Jun 23, 2018 10:53 am

What they don't want you to know is that Stonehenge's original purpose was as a temple to the Triblobite. As you can plainly see here
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Every essential element of the trilobite aligns perfectly with the structure. I ask you to pay particular attention to the antenna which show an elegant geometric "frisson" (if I may use the word) with the heel stones.

I leave it to you to ponder the meaning of these alignments.

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Re: Stonehenge

Postby Rob Lister » Sat Jun 23, 2018 10:57 am

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Re: Stonehenge

Postby Anaxagoras » Sat Jun 23, 2018 11:09 am

Lister wins the thread.

Ed, are you even trying anymore?
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Re: Stonehenge

Postby ed » Sat Jun 23, 2018 11:31 am

I thought that the trilobite thing was inspired.

Lister ... poofle, had one good one with the frozen drive and has been getting free drinks on it since.

And screeching out "foam" is the equivalent of a fart joke .... zero elegance whatsoever. And on a craft basis all he did was link, no creativity whatsoever.

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Re: Stonehenge

Postby Witness » Mon Jun 25, 2018 12:20 am

Anaxagoras wrote:Ed, are you even trying anymore?
One wonders, our resident expert on awesome old artefacts using a "realistic [* cough *] 3D render" of some simplified "trilobite". :roll:

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Re: Stonehenge

Postby shemp » Mon Jun 25, 2018 1:41 am

I think ed is on to something: trilobites, Pythagoras, Pi, the Golden Ratio, Jews, Illuminati, it's all beginning to make sense!
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Re: Stonehenge

Postby sparks » Mon Jun 25, 2018 3:55 pm

Have you been drinking the water from Lake ed again shemp?
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Re: Stonehenge

Postby Anaxagoras » Tue Jun 26, 2018 11:43 am

ed wrote:. . .
I am hurt.


Oh, Ed. You know I was only teasing, right?

The forum would dreary without your input, however dubious some of it is.
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Re: Stonehenge

Postby Abdul Alhazred » Tue Jun 26, 2018 1:46 pm

Hey ed!

I'm a little confused now.

Is the trilobite deal TOTALLY FUCKING SERIOUS or isn't it? :cowbell:
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Re: Stonehenge

Postby ed » Tue Jun 26, 2018 3:46 pm

Serious as hell.

I expect all of you to acquire and wear a Pendant to show your concern and involvement
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Re: Stonehenge

Postby sparks » Tue Jun 26, 2018 8:38 pm

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Re: Stonehenge

Postby Witness » Tue Jun 26, 2018 11:46 pm

A bit repetitive, but gives a good general view:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZW3NhBzEyU

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