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Re: RFC: Is the Bible encoded in DNA?

by wstryder (Novice)
on May 15, 2018 at 10:15 UTC ( #1214534=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to RFC: Is the Bible encoded in DNA?

Who wants to take up the challenge and write a script to check if the Bible is encoded in the value of Pi? That would be interesting. I might give it a go next if I have time.

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Re^2: RFC: Is the Bible encoded in DNA?
by jeffenstein (Pilgrim) on May 15, 2018 at 12:42 UTC

    Since PI is infinite (as far as we know), it follows that all knowledge is encoded in PI in all possible ways. It's just a matter of calculating PI to enough digits and creating a scheme to map it to a language ;)

      0.33333333... is also infinite. I'm pretty sure you wouldn't find my phone number in it though. Because pi is irrational it also has the property of being non repeating, but that's still not enough to contain whatever you are looking for. You could make an infinite, never repeating sequence without ever using the number 9 (by replacing all the 9s in the expansion of pi for example), in which case you wouldn't be able to find the year of birth of most monks.

      It's actually unknown if Pi has the property of containing all possible strings, and while the currently known expansion does make it look so (pi looks normal), no matter how many digits are known, it won't ever be even a fraction of the infinite sequence.

        Oops, unfortunately, I didn't think about it too much. The page you linked was interesting, but a lot of it goes over my head.

        Ok, no more wild speculations on Pi and infinity from me today :)

      Well, you can prove your point and write a perl script to see if say, the first five verses of the Bible are indeed encoded in the value of Pi. Why not give it a go? How many decimals would you have to search in order to find say 100 characters? Have you done the math?

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