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PLUM: Jewish Geometry: Pi in the Bible and Talmud

Public Lectures Unveiling Math
Thursday, February 13, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Adam Levine
Public Lectures Seminar

A famous Biblical passage describes a circular object that is 10 cubits in diameter and 30 cubits in circumference. This suggests 3 as a value for pi... or does it? We'll look at how the Talmud and various commentators throughout the centuries have wrestled with that passage and its implications for religion and science. All are welcome regardless of Jewish or mathematical knowledge, and pi(e) will be provided!