47-l-digest Friday, May 1 1998 Volume 01 : Number 013 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Tue, 7 Apr 1998 15:17:38 -0700 (PDT) Subject: happy 4/7 A happy 4/7 to all. It seems Bob and I have both been abroad recently. Bob's greetings await below. I visited Morelia, Mich. in Mexico. If I didn't know better (and I don't), I'd say that 47 came from this small Mexican town. Aside from numerous incidental 47s (license plates, tickets, receipts, etc.) I espied several outrageous examples. * The bill for my first meal in Morelia: 47 pesos. * On the wall next to my friend's house, a ten foot tall 47 in red paint. * My friend took me to his favorite garden; just off the beaten track. We discovered the plaque bearing the garden's name: The Garden of the Heroes of 47! * The building where my friend gets off the bus to go to work bears a giant 347. [submitted by] Eric Happy 4/7 everyone! I recently returned from 3 months in Asia. I didn't plan it this way, but I just did the math and I have now been back for 47 days! Oh, the irony of it all... [submitted by] - -Bob ------------------------------ Date: Wed, 8 Apr 1998 09:06:46 -0700 (PDT) Subject: only on 4/7... It could only happen on 4/7: Went shooping at the local Goodwill store today. I purchased three items. The total cost was $4.47. [submitted by] Bob ------------------------------ Date: Thu, 9 Apr 1998 10:00:01 -0700 (PDT) Subject: 47 L.D.S. temples under construction This last Sunday, Gordon B. Hinckley, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (a.k.a. Mormons), announced the church's plans to build 30 new small temples, bringing the total number of L.D.S. temples currently under construction around the world to 47. This is in addition to the 51 existing operational temples. Plans are to have all 47 temples completed by the year 2000. [submitted by] Christian & Sarah Schumann-Curtis ------------------------------ Date: Thu, 16 Apr 1998 14:27:49 -0700 (PDT) Subject: musical 47 in the musical "chicago" the lawyer tells his client that a woman has not been hanged in 47 years, which gives her 47-1 odds of not being hung in her murder trial. [submitted by] mike lazorchak ------------------------------ Date: Fri, 17 Apr 1998 15:45:29 -0700 (PDT) Subject: mamet 47 i have recently been cast in "speed the play" which is essentially 4 david mamet plays in 7 minutes. [submitted by] camille ------------------------------ Date: Tue, 28 Apr 1998 14:33:07 -0700 (PDT) Subject: D&D 47 Hello, I was most intrigued when I recently discovered the "47 story" on the Web, since the strange significance of that number has long been familiar to myself and the other players in a "Dungeons & Dragons" campaign run by game designer Erick Wujcik, that started at Wayne State University in Detroit nearly 19 years ago. (We've recently started work on a web page, http://dragon.stuaffrs.wayne.edu, detailing some of the history of the game. It's still under construction, but the full notes of the game are available there. Also especially see http://people.delphi.com/toddbake/dwpics.htm, which contains scanned images of some of the cartoons I've drawn during the game, and note that the VERY FIRST cartoon, by coincidence, concerns the number 47! The fourth sketch, depicting Arcanum XLVII, is significant too.) We first became aware of the mystical significance of 47 due to one of the players, Jim Webster, who continually rolled that number on percentile dice, particularly when game events involved Jim's character, Thorn, and the chaotic demon lord Janrak (see previously mentioned cartoon). Thus we decided that 47 must be the number of Janrak, and whenever that roll came up for long afterward, the game master made sure that Janrak had something to do with the result. Even though Janrak was destroyed in the game years ago, the number 47 still comes up on percentile dice rolls more often than you would expect from random probability. [submitted by] Todd Bake ("Trow") ------------------------------ Date: Tue, 28 Apr 1998 14:40:39 -0700 (PDT) Subject: Scheherazade 47 again [This came around about a year ago. It has come around again. It is still intriguing.] Hello. PREFACE: #1 The following is being sent to the Synergetics mailing list and to The 47 Society so each recipient should excuse extensive mention to their own specialty. It refers to the following links: http://www.delta-9.com/net47/47society/ http://www.teleport.com/~pdx4d/synhome.html http://www.wired.com/news/news/technology/story/6689.html http://www.servtech.com/public/rwgray/synergetics/synergetics.html - ---------------------------------------------------------------------- PREFACE: #2 "The 47 Society is an international interest-group that follows the occurence and recurrence of the quintessential random number: 47." "Synergetics" is a work by the quintessential thinker, R. Buckminster =46uller. From Wired News: "Pronounced the "Leonardo da Vinci of our time" by Marshall McLuhan, =46uller invented everything from the geodesic dome to a device that cleaned without soap. While his influence spanned generations and transcended disciplines, the crowning achievement and foundation of all his work was Synergetics, in which he described and cataloged the coordinate system of "Universe," with the four-sided tetrahedron as the basic unit of all matter." - ---------------------------------------------------------------------- REASON FOR THIS EMAIL: I've been doing some research into numbers and therefore was more keen to notice a number-related item on a TV show, "The Internet Cafe". They mentioned the abnormal amount of occurences of the number 47 on "Star Trek" and explained that it is a result of one of the writers being from Pomona College, where, in 1964, some students noticed that 47 came up alot more than other numbers. At around the same time, a "Dr. Bentley had developed a proof that any number is equal to any other number. [The students to which I referred] had been talking to him about their discovery of 47, and hence, as a corollary, they were able to show that all numbers are equal to 47." I remembered seeing something about 47 in "Synergetics". The following quotes attempt to tie this together. - 1238.51 is the actual reference. - 1238.20-21 explains what leads up to the thinking about 47. - 1230.30-33 explains the origin of Scheherazade Numbers. The reason I included this was for background and also because of the mention of Mesopotamian mathematicians. Didn't they have some fascination with 47 also? To sum up, basically I just thought the connection between Fuller's thinking of 47 being "the cosmic random element" and The 47 Society's thinking that "Many suspect that the coincidental nature of 47 carries some mystical, metaphysical and/or scientific significance." was pretty neat. I just wanted to point out to The 47 Society this other place where 47 shows up and to the Synergetics followers that there may be something even more intrinsically important about =46uller's line of thinking regarding numerology and geometry and space than has been previously supposed. - ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 1238.51 Scheherazade Numbers: 47: The first prime number beyond the trigonometric limit is 47. The number 47 may be a flying increment to fill allspace, to fill out the eight triangular facets of the non-allspace-filling vector equilibrium to form the allspace- filling first nuclear cube. If 47 as a factor produces a Scheherazade Number with mirrors, it may account not only for all the specks of dust in the Universe but for all the changes of cosmic restlessness, accounting the convergent-divergent next event, which unbalances the even and rational whole numbers. If 47 as a factor does not produce a Scheherazade Number with mirrors, it may explain that there can be no recurring limit symmetries. It may be that 47 is the cosmic random element, the agent of infinite change. - ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 1238.20 Trigonometric Limit: First 14 Primes: The Fourteen-illion Scheherazade Number accommodates all the omnirational calculations of the trigonometric function tables whose largest prime number is 43 and whose highest common variable multiple is 45 degrees, which is one-eighth of unity in a Universe whose polyhedral systems consist always of a minimum of four positive and four negative quadranted hemispheres. 1238.21 45 degrees is the zero limit of covarying asymmetry because the right triangle's 90-degree corner is always complemented by two corners always together totalling 90 degrees. The smallest of the covarying, 90-degree complementaries reaches its maximum limit when both complementaries are 45 degrees. Accepting the concept that one is not a prime number, we have 14 primes__2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23, 29, 31, 37, 41, 43__which primacy will accommodate all the 14 unique structural faceting of all the crystallography, all the biological cell structuring, and all bubble agglomerating: the 14 facets being the polar facets of the seven and only seven axes of symmetry of Universe, which are the 3-, 4-, 6-, 12-great circles of the vector equilibrium and the 6-, 10-, 15-great circles of the icosahedron. - ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 1230.30 Origin of Scheherazade Myth: I think the Arabian priest- mathematicians and their Indian Ocean navigator ancestors knew that the binomial effect of 1,001 upon the first four prime numbers 1, 2, 3, and 5 did indeed provide comprehensive dividend accommodation of all the permutative possibilities of all the ''story-telling-taling- tallying," or computational systems of the octave system of integers. 1230.31 The function of the grand vizier to the ruler was that of mathematical wizard, the wiz of wiz-dom; and the wiz-ard kept secret to himself the mathematical navigational ability to go to faraway strange places where he alone knew there existed physical resources different from any of those occurring ''at home," then voyaging to places that only the navigator-priest knew how to reach, he was able to bring back guaranteed strange objects that were exhibited by the ruler to his people as miracles obviously producible only by the ruler who secretly and carefully guarded his vizier's miraculous power of wiz-dom. 1230.32 To guarantee their own security and advantage, the Mesopotamian mathematicians, who were the overland-and-overseas navigator-priests, deliberately hid their knowledge, their mathematical tools and operational principles such as the mathematical significance of 7 =D7 11 =D7 13 =3D 1,001 from both their rulers and the people. They used psychology as well as outright lies, combining the bad-luck myth of the three prime integers with the mysterious inclusiveness of the Thousand and One Nights. The priests warned that bad luck would befall anyone caught using 7s, 11s, or 13s. 1230.33 Some calculation could only be done by the abacus or by positioning numbers. With almost no one other than the high priests able to do any calculation, there was not much chance that anyone would discover that the product of 7, 11, and 13 is 001, but "just in case," they developed the diverting myth of Scheherazade and her postponement of execution by her Thousand and One Nights. [submitted by] Terrence L. Domjan ------------------------------ Date: Tue, 28 Apr 1998 14:42:54 -0700 (PDT) Subject: Bays-ball 47 ABSTRACT: FORTY-SEVEN PLAYERS have logged major-league playing time wearing both an Oakland A's uniform and a San Francisco Giants uniform. While many made little impact -- hello, Lary Sorensen -- a handful have been celebrated on both sides of the Bay. -- Players with at least 10 home runs for each team: Dave Kingman -- 100 with A's, 77 with Giants; Mike Aldrete 18 with A's, 14 with Giants. -- At least 100 hits: Billy North -- 664 with A's, 252 with Giants; Kingman -- 406 with A's, 278 with Giants; Stan Javier -- 475 with A's, 134 (through yesterday) with Giants; Felipe Alou -- 158 with A's, 655 with Giants; Aldrete -- 145 with A's, 275 with Giants. [submitted by] Bob ------------------------------ Date: Tue, 28 Apr 1998 14:48:16 -0700 (PDT) Subject: exorcism, simpsons, wimbledon 47s Tonight (4-22) on PrimeTime Live, Cynthia McFadden covers an authentic (and supposedly successful) exorcism performed by a Catholic priest... How long did the entire process last? She reports that it was 47 minutes. On "The Simpsons" this last Sunday (4-19), news reporter Kent Brockman shows Bart his highlight tape #47 of human interest stories. [Submitted by] E. F. [and] WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -- Prize money for the June 22-July 5 Wimbledon tennis championships will be 7.2 million pounds (US$11.95 million), up from about 6.9 million pounds (US$11.45 million) in 1997, officials said Tuesday. The increase is 4.7 percent in pound terms and about 6.5 percent in dollar terms from last year. [submitted by] Jeffrey Ross ------------------------------ Date: Wed, 29 Apr 1998 10:36:58 -0700 (PDT) Subject: www.47.net The.47.network is proud to announce the relocation of The 47 Society web site to the following location: http://www.47.net/ All resources from the old location (the delta-9.com server) have been moved to the new domain. Please come by and check out our new home. [submitted by] Bob ------------------------------ End of 47-l-digest V1 #13 *************************

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