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Entry for 2017-10-03

Excerpted from Pyramids.
Pyramidologists have also discovered in the Great Pyramid what some consider to be a near perfect representation of the Northern Hemisphere: the pyramid’s apex at the North Pole, its base proportional to the equator, and each side proportional in area to one of the spherical quadrants.
When Herodotus visited the site, Egyptian priests told him that the area of each pyramid face was equal to the square of its height. This yields the “Phi” constant (1.618) regarded by Plato as the most fundamental key to mathematics and physics. It relates spherical sections to flat ones. Leonardo called it the Golden Section and, more recently, Le Corbusier incorporated it into his modular grid.
Finally, it has been seriously maintained that the great Pyramid is an expression of (and possibly a message about) all of the astronomical and gravitational properties of a solar year, including the distance of earth to sun, the rate at which the earth is falling into the sun, the specific gravity of both, and the speed of light. The debate has raged for three centuries and appears good for at least three more. Critics challenge specific measurements and historical assumptions of each new theory. They also point out that any physical object has proportions, and any set of proportions is likely to suggest meanings to someone who is looking for them. One distinguished antiquarian even found evidence of the Phi constant in Egyptian tomb pictures―in the corner angles of the Pharaoh’s loin cloth.
“If a suitable unit of measurement is chosen,” an irreverent investigator observed, “an exact equivalent to the distance of Timbuktu is certain to be found in the roof girder work of the Crystal Palace, or in the number of street lamps in Bond Street, or the specific gravity of mud, or the mean weight of adult goldfish.”