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Sarah, I thought of you when I heard this. It's also a cautionary tale on the dangers of academic specialization.
The Science Show: 15 October� 2005� - Science, Mathematics and the Riddles of Camelot
October 27, 2005 | Permalink
Hmmm...I'm also unconvinced by this. They mentioned that there are lots of capital letters scattered seemingly at random throughout the manuscript. So she found an E that divides the manuscript into the golden ratio? How is that not a coincidence and what does it mean about Lancelot's obsession with blond hair? And the fact that she rearranged the pages seems frankly suspicious to me. If she's really going to argue that scholars have been reading the stuff out of order all these years, she'd better prove *that* before jumping to conclusions about secret, hidden mathematical puzzles. You can find the golden mean anywhere if you look for it. It's as ubiquitous as pi. (I don't mean to stomp all over Anne's point. I do think specialization gives people tunnel vision.)
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October 28, 2005 at 12:01 PM
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