# Doubling the Cube/Historical Note/Mistake

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## Source Work

1986: David Wells: *Curious and Interesting Numbers*:

- The Dictionary
- $1 \cdotp 25992 \, 10498 \, 94873 \, 16476 \ldots$

## Mistake

*The legend was told that the Athenians send a deputation to the oracle at Delos to inquire how they might save themselves from a plague that was ravaging the city. They were instructed to double the size of the altar of Apollo.*

Other sources are consistent in that the plague (or whatever the cause of unrest) was in fact at Delos itself, and the oracle was the famous Oracle of Delphi.

## Sources

- 1986: David Wells:
*Curious and Interesting Numbers*... (previous) ... (next): $1 \cdotp 25992 \, 10498 \, 94873 \, 16476 \ldots$ - 1997: David Wells:
*Curious and Interesting Numbers*(2nd ed.) ... (previous) ... (next): $1 \cdotp 25992 \, 10498 \, 94873 \, 16476 \ldots$