Sunday, 1 April 2012

The Book of Revelations Encoded Into Pi

Conspiracy, contrivance, or just an inevitability?

Mathematicians working for GCHQ in the United Kingdom have long known the fact that the entirety of Revelations along with various other biblical references are mathematically encoded into pi. For those that are a bit foggy on their maths, pi or π is the mathematical constant arrived at by dividing the circumference of a circle by its diameter, which works out as approximately 3.14. One of the many notable features of the number is the 'approximately' bit, because it isn't precisely 3.14 or even 3.14159265, the actual number of decimal places of pi is seemingly endless and continues without any kind of discernible repetition.

What the boffins at GCHQ have been sitting on is a code within those infinite random digits, a mathematical code that translates verbatim to the original Book of Revelations written in Greek.

GCHQ is the offspring of the HM Government institution that was based at Bletchly Park where the enigma code was broken and the first electronic computer developed. For any maths genius, cracking such a code would be a relatively simple task (and GCHQ boasts a number of expert code crackers). The greatest challenge would not be the mathematical code itself, but finding where in the unending string of decimals that code would be hidden. So far pi has been calculated to over 16 trillion digits and there are plenty more where those came from. 

However, even if they don't yet know where The Book of Revelations code lies within pi's infinite number string, mathematicians at various institutions around the world can now verify that its existence can be predicted, along with a number of other works including: The Book of the Dead, Aristotle's second book of Poetics, a rendition of All You Need is Love by the Beatles*, and of course, the complete script to Shakespeare's Hamlet.

Go figure.

*pi is yet to be sued for copyright infringement by the performing rights society.

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