1492 & 1942 29 Pi
1492 and 1942: Discover and Destroy
History repeats itself. The discoveries and destruction of 1492 and 1942 are a pattern that suggests history is a story already written.
In 1492 Italian seaman Christopher Columbus discovered America, ushering in a new age of exploration but also initiating the genocide of Native Americans in the New World. In 1942 Italian physicist Enrico Fermi conducted the first sustained nuclear fission reaction at an atomic pile at the University of Chicago, which led to the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Two physicists, Arthur Compton and James Conant, exchanged messages after the fission experiment.
Compton: “Jim, you’ll be interested to know that the Italian navigator has just landed in the new world. The earth was not as large as he had estimated, and he arrived at the new world sooner than he had expected.”
Conant: “Is that so? Were the natives friendly?”
Compton: “Everyone landed safe and happy.”
In fourteen hundred ninety-two
Columbus sailed the ocean blue.
It was a bad year to be a Jew.
While Spain may have been good for Columbus in financing his explorations, the monarchy was bad to the Jews. Spanish Jews once formed a large and prosperous community but they faced growing anti-Semitism in the 14th century, evidenced by restrictions on where and how Jews could live and conduct business, and massacres and forced conversion. The antipathy reached a peak in 1492 when on March 31 the Catholic monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella issued the Edict of Expulsion, which ordered all Jews to leave the kingdom by the last day of July. At least 200,000 fled the country.
This 1492 “Final Solution” was taken to a deadlier level in the decision to implement the “Final Solution” or Die Endlosung, which was made at the Wannsee Conference in Berlin on January 20, 1942. Heinrich Himmler was the chief architect for the extermination of the Jews.
Image Posthumous 1519 portrait of Christopher Columbus by Sebastiano del Piombo, public domain
29: Terror and the Dark Goddess
A number of “29” phenomena can be found that relate to violence directed by women.
Jodi Arias, the 32-year-old Arizona woman convicted of murdering her ex-boyfriend in 2008, claimed she stabbed Travis Alexander 29 times, shot him in the face and slit his throat in self-defense.
In the TV show How I Met Your Mother, Barney Stinson established The Bro Code, which includes Rule 29, “ A Bro shall always alert another Bro of any girl fight.” In the 2009 version of the television series V, 29 spaceships hover over the earth, led by the beautiful but dangerous Anna, the lizard queen.
I have an interest in the number as my birthday is on June 29 and my personal mythology is linked to the fierce Egyptian goddess Sekhmet. It is my contention that jihadists are, in effect, worshipers of Kali or Sekhmet when they offer up fellow Muslims as human sacrifice. By “coincidence,” on June 29, 2014, ISIS proclaimed itself to be a worldwide caliphate.
ISIS sympathizer Tasheen Malik was 29 years old when she and her husband Syed Farook killed 14 people at a social services center in San Bernardino, California in December 2015.
Omar Madeen was 29 when he murdered 49 nightclub goers in Orlando, Florida in June 2016. He and 30-year-old Noor Zahi Salman, were married on Sept. 29, 2011 near her home in Rodeo, California. While not as in-your-face as a Sept. 11 wedding to celebrate Nine Eleven, the numbers still add up: The month and year are 9.11 and the numbers of the day, 29, can be added as 2 + 9 = 11. If Noor had planned the wedding as most women do, she may have also been the real mastermind who planned the Pulse nightclub assault. However, in March 2018 she was acquitted of charges she helped her husband commit the crime.
Image V, Scott Peters Company, et al, fair use
Difference between men and women is 3.14159 . . .
Pi (Π) is both the sixteenth letter of the Greek alphabet and the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. The calculation of pi begins at 3.14159 and stretches indefinitely. Thus, its exact value cannot be determined.
The first known attempted calculation of pi was recorded in 1650 BC by an Egyptian scribe who estimated the ratio at 3.16. Today, with the help of computers, pi has been calculated to over 1.24 trillion places. Pi even has its "cult" followers: Hundreds of math mavens have joined clubs to investigate and celebrate the ratio.
Pi may provide a link between mathematics and sexuality. Since the straight line (diameter) is symbolic of the male and the circle (circumference) represents the female, one might conclude that pi signifies the unsolvable and infinite differences between men and women. The sexes will never be able to "figure" each other out. Pi is an irrational number because it cannot be expressed as a fraction with integers in both the numerator and denominator. Similarly, the relationships between men and women are irrational.
However, one can also see a positive aspect in the ratio: As the circumference increases, so does the diameter, and vice versa. Thus, whatever expands the horizons of the woman also expands the opportunities for the man.
Consider a wheel in motion, such as the wheels on a bicycle. On rising ground, the cyclist must pedal, in which case the straight-line (male), piston-like motion of the legs turns the wheels. But when coasting or going downhill, the rims (female) of the wheels carries the bicycle forward.
The metaphor might apply to the journey of life. As one ascends to adulthood, one should apply the male aspects of ambition, a warrior's discipline and linear (straight-line) thinking. At maturity and the plateau of life, one should balance the male and female components of life. As one ages and goes "downhill," a person should rely more on such female qualities such as compassion and sociability.
The circle or wheel can also bring men and women together: Find a wheel and it goes round, round, round, as it skims along with a happy sound. As it goes, along the ground, ground, ground, 'till it leads you to the one you love! — Perry Como
The ancient Egyptians also found sex in numbers and geometry, as noted by Plutarch in Moralia Vol. 5. In a triangle that can be measured as three by four by five units, the erect side (3) was likened to the male, the base line (4) to the female and the hypotenuse (5) to the child of both.
Obsession While a math problem seems an unlikely subject for a film, Pi the movie became the sensation of the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. In the movie, Max Cohen, a New York mathematician, discovers there may be a pattern in the seeming chaos of pi, a pattern that could predict activity in the stock market. His pursuit of pi leads him into conflict with a Wall Street firm and the leader of a Hasidic sect who believes his research must be used to unlock secrets in the Torah. Cohen's obsession with pi sends him down a path filled with hallucinations and paranoia.
Like the mathematician in Pi, I too have become obsessed with searching for the Truth. According to the movie, Max Cohen's problems began at age six, when he was staring at the sun and was temporarily blinded. Ever since, he's had terrible headaches. I remember as a child climbing on a jungle gym on one cold winter day. For some reason, I looked up at the sun. As I held one hand up to shield my eyes, the other hand slipped and I fell to the ground and temporarily lost consciousness. Luckily, I wasn't seriously injured. It is a story as old as Icarus, whose wings melted as he flew toward the sun. But what if you have not the artificial wings of Icarus but the true wings of a falcon?
There is now a breakthrough for all of us seeking the Light and Truth. Affordable solar telescopes employing hydrogen-alpha and blocking filters allow everyone to safely view the sun without “melting” the eyes. You can see the Light without going blind; through this website, you can pursue the Truth without going mad.
Image Pi mosaic outside the Mathematics Building at the Technical University of Berlin, photo by Holger Motzkau, Creative Commons