The Bible Code That Wasn't
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|Keith Devlin (Devlin's Angle)|
|Just over a year ago, journalist Michael Dronin's book The Bible Code hit the bookstores - and soon after that the television screens and review pages of national newspapers - and quickly became an international bestseller. Both author and publisher made a considerable amount of money - despite the fact that, as was immediately clear to both mathematicians and serious Bible scholars, the book's main thesis was complete nonsense... before the year was out, Maya Bar-Hillel, Dror Bar-Natan, and Brendan McKay had shown that the same kind of "amazing revelations" Dronin claimed were hidden in The Bible could be found in the Hebrew translation of War and Peace (and almost certainly in any other work of comparable length)... In the Spring 1998 issue of Chance, the magazine of the American Statistical Association, the three provide an in-depth report of the result they first announced in 1997.|
|Levels:||High School (9-12), College, Research|
|Math Topics:||Statistics, Cryptography|
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