From the Archives: The Length of a Papyrus Scroll
October 5, 2012 4 Comments
Revival- server problem corrected. Sorry, just forgot about this.
A while ago, someone asked me a question about determining the length of a papyrus scroll (before you unroll it obviously). The question pertained specifically to, you guessed it, P. Joseph Smith (the document of breathing part). I thought about this for a few minutes and it’s really not a hard problem.
The inverse problem, deciding what a scroll looked like in its rolled state, if you encounter it unrolled may be of interest, but both problems are connected to basically the same set of measurements. A more interesting problem is estimating the maximum length of a scroll when only a fragment is available.
Some of you geeks might be interested in how it goes, if you haven’t already guessed it. This of course is clearly connected to the name of this blog, if not to the charter, but, rules are made to be broken (again and again). Have a little sleep-inducing fun (warning, it’s a pdf doc):