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.


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