Please help improve it by removing unnecessary details and making it more concise. He believes that members of a secret society have kidnapped his friend Jacopo Belbo and are now after him. Most of the novel is then told in flashback as Casaubon waits in the museum. In s Milan , Casaubon is studying the history of the Knights Templar when he meets Belbo and his colleague Diotallevi. Belbo works as an editor in a publishing house and invites Casaubon to review the manuscript about the Templars.

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Only when I was half way through did I notice a sheet of white paper slipped into the last pages. It shows four hand-drawn circles, each of which contains the name of a city and a number. If the numbers represent years, they cover 21 years. If you add 2 and 1, you get the number 3. If you examine the gaps between the years, you get the numbers 11, 4 and 6.

If you add these numbers, you get 21, which when added together, comes to 3. If you add 1, 1, 4 and 6, you get 12, which when added, comes to 3. If the numbers are not years and you add them together, you get 8, If you add these numbers, you get 14, and if you add 1 and 4, you get 5. If you add 3 and 5, you get 8, which is exactly twice the number of circles on the sheet.

In Paris, the Temple was a medieval fortress, located in what is now the 3rd arrondissement. The Knights Templar originally constructed it as their European headquarters. If you have any ideas about the significance of this sheet of paper, please message me or post them in the comments below, with a spoiler warning.

Imagine the Earth is a perfectly spherical hollow ball it is, you know, or is it? Imagine that a steel cable 6, kilometers long is attached to the bottom side of the North Pole. This is more or less the radius of the Earth. Imagine that a really bloody heavy lead bob is attached to the end of the cable. See steps 10 and By the time the bob returns to our side of the Earth, it touches the inside of the sphere 15 degrees away from our couch.

Repeat another 23 times, and the bob comes full circle and smashes our couch. If we map the path of the bob, it will look something like this except that there would be 24 repetitions instead of eight : If we mapped 24 repetitions, the map would look more like a rose. Hence, in mathematics, this type of map is referred to as a "rose" or "rhodonea curve", and each half of a repetition from the circumference to the centre is called a "petal".

While individual lives might be relatively chaotic, in constant motion, the belief systems are supposed to fix and secure our relationship with the universe. They create order. Each one is an apparatus which is offered to us to help in our quest for happiness.


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