Nobility, was bilious
- CS Lewis points out in one of his letters that we all have an equally long
ancestry, it's just that in the case of royalty and nobility, more steps of
it are known.
As a counterpoint to which, I might add that a recent article is out there in
which a man got curious and used computer number theory on genealogical
research: he says that anyone who has North European ancestry - which is
probably most of us here - is descended from royalty. Anyone. (Also that
we're all descended from the Prophet Muhammad, which I personally could do
without... but there it is!)
What is that quote from the Narnia Chronicles about "You are all descendants
of the Lord Adam and the Lady Eve" -- ? Ah, here it is.
"I do indeed, Sir," said Caspian. "I was wishing that I came of a more
"You come of the Lord Adam and the Lady Eve," said Aslan. "And that is both
honour enough to erect the head of the poorest beggar, and shame enough to
bow the shoulders of the greatest emperor on earth. Be content."
[Just this minute thinking... an emperor on WHICH earth?]
- In a message dated 3/28/2003 9:38:30 PM Eastern Standard Time, Stolzi@...
> . . . I might add that a recent article is out there inThis is a nitpicky point, but whatever mathematical methods this man used and
> which a man got curious and used computer number theory on genealogical
> research . . .
whatever computer resources he used, he did not use "computer number theory."
I've tried to think of any possible way to apply number theory to this
subject and I can't come up with any. There is no subject called "computer
number theory," as far as I know. I presume you mean just that this man
found a mathematical technique to analyze genealogical data and used
computers to aid his research.
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