Ancient Irish Way Too Advanced for Us?

Knowth Kerbstone 118 and its Mathematical Message.

Knowth Kerbstone 118 and its Mathematical Message.

Knowth Kerbstone 118 is a very simple drawing. Using the same techniques we used to look at Kerbstone 52 and 42 we see that this also conveys numerical data.

It is 9 up and down cycles arranged in an L shape. The corner is exaggerated in width and so each corner of the curve is counted. This drawing is really quite clever and conveys much more than expected in a quick glance. There are 7 loops on the horizontal and 2 on the vertical. It could be said this forms the series 792 which reminds one of the 7920 mile diameter of Earth.

The drawing can also be interpreted as 3, 2, 7, 7 which makes 3277 = square of 57.24. The number of degrees in a radian are 57.29.

Calculating the sum 3 + 2 + 7 + 7 = 19 which is a reference to the diameter of Earth’s orbit. It is 186 million miles or roughly 190 million. If the corner is counted only once then the sum becomes 18 which is the typical reference to this dimension of the Solar System.

The 7, 7 makes 77   and 3, 2 makes 32   …so…

77 / 32 = 2.40   The number of hours in a day is 24.

32 + 77 = 109  is the ratio of Earth’s diameter to the Sun’s diameter.

The following can also be found: 7 for 7 days in a week and 32 = 5.65 squared.

Read the 7 and 2 as 72 and one finds the years in one degree of precession of the pole star.

See the corner as one and find 2, 1, 6. The diameter of the Moon is 2160 miles.

Accurate numerical data is just not what we are expecting from people in the distant past which is why we are so hesitant to accept the veracity of the interpretation. But we will see in the next readings that these counts and numbers are not accidental.

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(updated Nov. 2018)

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