THE 47th PROPOSITION OF THE IST BOOK OF EUCLID AS PART OF THE least, it has been the Square with the 47th Proposition of Euclid pendent within it. 5 Oct In the third degree, we are also taught that the 47th Problem of Euclid, also known as the Pythagorean Theorem, teaches us to be great lovers. Regarding the 47th Problem of Euclid. When I tried to find out the answer several years ago I kept getting the standard definition of the square of the Hypotenuse.

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Then use the straight edge to bisect the circle through the euclir marked by the compass. This is interesting, because in the Book of Wisdom When you consider that the early euckid Freemasons considered Freemasonry to be “a peculiar system of morality veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols,” it seems logical to conclude that hidden somewhere within the Masonic system lay hidden a system of morality that was peculiar unique. If we take a circle and draw in it a triangle triangle A- B-C which perpendicular isbase isand by the 47th problem, the hypotenuse becomes any combination such as 3,4,5 will also work?

You will need 4 thin sticks which are strong enough to stick them into soft soil, 40 euclis of string and a black magic marker. You will see that the square on the top-left measures oc units on each of its sides; the square on the top-right measures 4 units on each of its sides and the bottom square measures 5 units on each of its sides.

As such, it was believed that through study and reason could one start to understand Divinity.


Shrouded in secrecy, they believed that only by truly understanding the universe could one achieve salvation of the soul, and as Divinity created all things, studying it over a period of several lifetimes, could bring one closer to Divinity itself. Furthermore,which represents the smaller part of the hypotenuse, doubled gives cubits, the Cleomedes stadium.

So you then run a line between the opposite corners creating a huge X in the center of the square. Pythagoras is the man who proved that the process works.

The actual proof proble, by Euclid is considerably more complex [xiii]but the result is the same. None the less, I wish to give a nod to Jeff Peace for his inspiration, several months ago, for this article. Hence, Pythagoras is probably here referred to as being the one who proved that the process works. When we write down the square of pgoblem 1st four numbers 1, 4, 9 and 16we see that by subtracting each square from the next one, we get 3, 5 and 7. Few ever investigate any further.

Clearly the 47 th problem is based on Geometry, and all Freemasons know that Geometry and Freemasonry are closely linked, but is this the only reason? In the 18 th century, there was another philosopher, a moral philosopher, who presented his moral philosophy in the same format that Euclid used to present his geometrical problems.

EuclidÂ’s 47th Proposition

However, usage of the 47th Problem of Euclid doesn’t end here Exegesis on the Rod ;roblem Aaron. We will address numerology further in later portions of this paper. Some say that the Greek mathematician and geometer Pythagoras, described in Masonic lectures as “our worthy brother,” also went to Egypt and learned it there on his own.

For clarity, the squares shown in Figure 3 have been divided into unit squares of 1 X 1. Why in the northeast? Leave a Reply Cancel reply. Better still, print numbers 47t through 4, below and then get your sticks and your string ready.


The 47th Problem of Euclid

The distance between line A and B is then measured, and if the distance between A and B is 5, then the room is squared. Your string’s total length is 36″. Opinions expressed herein while referencing any Masonic euclic, rules or edicts from any jurisdiction are solely my interpretation, based on my understanding, and are not authoritative for or on behalf of any Masonic body or jurisdiction.

By adding these together we havewhich is the square of the hypothenuse.

Engineers who tunnel from both sides through a mountain use the 47th problem to get the two shafts to meet in the center. Tie the 2 ends of the string together this is your 12th knot Artwork and text not written by Theron Dunn is copyrighted by their respective owners, and is used here under the Fair Use Clause.

Shrouded in secrecy, they believed that only by truly understanding the universe could one achieve salvation of the soul, and as Divinity created all things, studying it over a period of several lifetimes, could bring one closer to Divinity itself.

The opinions offered on these pages are solely my own, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of any Masonic body or jurisdiction. Then if we draw a line 47tj the angle of the perpendicular and the base through the hypotenuse to the circle, this line will be equal to