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madameshawshank



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 09, 2008 1:34 pm    Post subject: a rather quirky epitaph Reply with quote

Ludolph van Ceulen: "3.14159265358979323846264338327950
288 . . ."

The life's work of Ludoph van Ceulen, who died from unknown causes in 1610 at age 70, was to calculate the value of the mathematical constant pi to 35 digits. He was so proud of this achievement that he asked that the number be engraved on his tombstone.

How about that eh!

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 09, 2008 3:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeesh! I'd hate to be the mason who had to carve that... what if he got a number wrong?!!! Van Ceulen would have haunted him terribly!
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 09, 2008 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I once met a fine calligrapher...she told me every so often...right at the END of a piece, there'd be a wee mistake...a wrong letter ...number...start afresh...guess it's that being totally absorbed in the task...and the devil being in the detail
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 8:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ohhh I really hate that! There you are taking your time writing a whole page and no mistake ... until the last line but one and right in the middle!!! A missed character or one you just can't cover up. And then you have to take a deep breath, swear loudly and begin again. Drat! Drat! Drat! and Double Drat!

It is the fact that you get so into the line of each stroke you can almost not see it's context. Which is why I write the page in a soft pencil first. And even then it's not guaranteed!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

now that's a smart move!
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