Posted: Mar 30, 2016 3:42 pm
by blue triangle
Thommo wrote:So, performing one of dozens of similar arbitrary operations to bible verses gives something that should only happen about 1 in 90,000 times.

Generously assuming there are only 10 such similar methods, that means that this is an amazing feat if there are substantially less than 9,000 verses in the bible. Say, for instance if there were 900 verse in the bible*, then it would be as remarkable as a 1 in 10 chance, say picking a card at random from a deck and it being a 7 or something equally unbelievable.


* ... _the_Bible
There are 23,145 verses in the Old Testament and 7,957 verses in the New Testament. This gives a total of 31,102 verses

One of the significant features here is that it is the Bible's first verse and John's first verse, not one from the middle of the Bible. There are about 31000 verses in the Bible and so finding something this close to pi once is not that amazing. Finding it in the very first verse is amazing. Finding e in another, meaningfully-related first verse, encoded the same way and to the same degree of accuracy, the equal and opposite errors cancelling out almost exactly, is astounding!