posted on Oct, 30 2013 @ 11:34 AM
Hey... I've been trying to make a really nice and well put together thread on this, but, you know, I've just not had a lot of free time and usually
what free time I do have I spend BROWSING instead of actually working on a really good topic. I just want to get a feel for how you all think and what
you all think about this specific subject.
Things like, the "Heavenly City Plan" (Jerusalem), units of measurement (imperial or metric?), circle and spheroid measures.... do you think, for
example, that it's completely necessary in all cases to use pi as accurately as modern science allows? For example, the Ancients generally tended to
use measures of pi that most of us would consider highly inaccurate (really? highly?) 22/7 = 3 and 1/7 or, 3.1428... (where it breaks off from pi)
that is good to the nearest hundredth. Fibonacci "rediscovered" the Fibonacci pi, which is 864/275 which is equal to 3.1418181818... which is
accurate to the nearest thousandth of pi... and then the "learned astronomers" of China used an even more accurate pi 355/113, which is equal to
3.141592929292... which, is pretty flippin' impressive, being correct to several millionths part of one percent.... and of course, lets not forget
about the Ancient Romans who used the value....3 and 1/8...or 3.125, correct to a whopping tenth... There isn't a thing as a perfect circle on this
planet that I know of, so to me, it doesn't seem like a big deal that we don't use the exact pi in construction or otherwise...
I'm getting off track here... what are YOUR thoughts on these things? Do you prefer imperial over metric? Why? Metric over imperial? Why?
I personally prefer metric when doing calculations, only because base 10 is a lot easier to work with... but lately, I've been sort of having this
inner struggle within me, a sort of spiritual-mental warfare with myself... because the entire basis of the metric system is built upon a false
premise! The more research I did... the more and more imperial seemed like the 'correct' way to build.... and, you know, my entire life I've used
metric, and imperial was sort of like that ugly cousin that you were forced to hang out with but you never enjoyed it... and then that ugly cousin
became a really good friend later on!
These are the sorts of things I lose sleep over....
Cheers, don't forget to let me know what you all think