[TUHS] tabs vs spaces - entab, detab

Brantley Coile brantley at coraid.com
Sun Mar 7 19:16:33 AEST 2021

I'm pretty sure people knew the value of PI before 1611, when the
Authorized Version was published, and that people had a pretty good 
idea when the event described in 1 Kings 7 happened, a bit 
before 900 BC.  They used 3.1605 for the ratio in that time, I believe.

The values in the Bible are as one would explain to someone in conversation
about something else.  If I said something was 10 feet across and 30 feet around  
in normal conversation, an error of a foot and a half would be close 
enough.  When buying material, I use 4 as PI and trim to fit.


> On Mar 6, 2021, at 6:58 PM, Bakul Shah <bakul at iitbombay.org> wrote:
> On Mar 6, 2021, at 1:22 PM, Dave Horsfall <dave at horsfall.org> wrote:
>> On Thu, 4 Mar 2021, Andy Kosela wrote:
>>> [...] and that is akin to trying to define the value of PI to be 3."
>> Urban myth.
> From the Kings James Bible
> https://quod.lib.umich.edu/cgi/k/kjv/kjv-idx?type=DIV1&byte=1392613
> 1 Kings 7:23 
>> And he made a molten sea, ten cubits from the one brim to the other: it was round all about, and his height was five cubits: and a line of thirty cubits did compass it round about.
> There seem to be various explanations for the above but perhaps it is the genesis of the common “define the value of pi to be 3” idea?

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