I’m not clever in math. I can notice some basic relationships, though, and I can see that both the 12 hour clock and the 360° circle are divisible by 6’s (and of course, 3’s). On the clock face, the numbers 3, 6, 9, and 12 can be connected with lines to form diamond with a plus sign (+). The plus sign is also a visual representation of four 90° angles – the 360° of a circle or the four interior angles of a square.
Like the numbers on the clock and the degrees in a circle, the Persian calendar 360 day year is divisible by 6’s and 3’s and suggests that the degrees on a circle may be partly a graphical representation of a year. Similarly, our modern calendar is divided, like a clock, into twelve units (months).
“We can conclude that although the ancient Egyptians could not precisely define the value of π, in practice they used it”.
– Verner, M. (2003). The Pyramids: Their Archaeology and History, p. 70.
The Sun as flaming π: irrational & transcendental
In symbolic code, the Sun is represented by a dot, a hole, a disc, a ring, 360°. The Sun is Ra’s flaming Eye. The Sun is also represented by various types of food, including pizza and pie. “Pie” has multiple meanings, and one of those meanings is a play on π (Pi), the mathematical representation of the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter.
π is an irrational number and cannot be expressed by a common fraction, but a close approximation would be 22/7. π is expressed as a decimal which neither ends nor repeats itself. It is a transcendental number (Wikipedia). Continue reading Circles I: π pie→