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CaptionCarved Stone Balls are around 4000 years old coming from the late Neolithic/Bronze Age. Nearly all have been found in north-east Scotland the majority in Aberdeenshire the fertile land lying to the east of the Grampian Mountains The decoration used falls into three categories those with spirals those with concentric circles and those with patterns of straight incised lines and hatchings. More than one design is used on the same ball and the standard of artwork varies from the extremely crude to the highly expert The possible use of the balls as oracles has been suggested. The way in which the ball came to rest could be interpreted as a message from the gods or an answer to a question. The lack of balls found in graves may indicate that they were not considered to belong to individuals. Mathematicians are interested in Carved Stone Balls because of their aesthetic beauty as they have amongst them all the symmetrical forms of the five Platonic solids. _______________ The cause of the six-sided shape of a snowflake is none other than that of the ordered shapes of plants and of numerical constants; and since in them nothing occurs without supreme reason—not to be sure such as discursive reasoning discovers but such as existed from the first in the Creators's design and is preserved from that origin to this day in the wonderful nature of animal faculties I do not believe that even in a snowflake this ordered pattern exists at random. — Johannes Kepler Di Nive Sexangula On the Six-Cornered Snowflake 1611 K18 1. 6-12. Trans. and ed. Colin Hardie 1966 33.
Headline4000 year old platonic solid - possible use as oracle from north-east Scotland
KeywordsPythagoreans Tetrahedron kepler Platonic-Solid
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