Measure of a Man
The June 2010 clue of the Maranatha Puzzle said, “The teacher of Thibault knew the measure of a man”. It followed the clue, “Masters who know are simply why they are called masters”, which also included a short page about Leonardo da Vinci. Because the two clues were given next to each other, it had been questioned by puzzlers if ‘the teacher of Thibault’ could have been da Vinci?
It would seem this very well could be the case and, therefore, leads to further support for the possibilities thought about for the rest of the clue. Recently I was reading the book entitled The Byrom Collection by Joy Hancox. This book is mentioned in both the Maranatha-Et in Arcadia Ego puzzle book and the puzzle’s companion bibliography. It contains the passage written below which is speaking about Gerard Thibault’s great grandfather, Jan:
“As physician to Francis, Thibault would have met Leonardo, possibly even attended him as his health failed. He could not have been unaware of the proudest acquisition to the King’s household. Jan’s acquaintance with Leonardo would have become part of the Thibault family lore and one means of the transmission of Leonardo’s Vitruvian ideas to Gerard.”
Gerard Thibault is well known for writing one of the most prized manuals on fencing called The Academy of the Sword (1628). In this book, Thibault utilizes a ‘mysterious circle’ that highlights the proportions of man. Along with illustrating techniques used to master the sword, the circle shared the belief that man is the microcosm of the universe.
The Vitruvian Man (1490) by da Vinci shares this concept as well. The name of da Vinci’s image (shown above) relates to the work of the Roman architect, Vitruvius, who da Vinci based his famous drawing from. By understanding man and his proportions, Vitruvius (and later da Vinci) believed a person could design the perfect Temple and more.
The back of the Maranatha puzzle books and the TimeMonk webpage displayed an image of the Vitruvian Man. It was thought this geometric design of man was of importance for the solving of the puzzle. With the appearance of the above paragraph stating the teacher of Thibault was very possibly da Vinci, and since it was found in one of the books used for research for the puzzle, it would seem the June clue is indeed directing puzzlers to delve deeper into these geometrical relationships.
Another sentence within The Byrom Collection caught my attention too. The sentence refers to Dee’s Monas Heiroglyphica. However, know I am not drawing attention to the symbol, just the way Truth can be revealed. It is;
“Just as today a physicist might reduce a universal law to an equation, so Dee chose to express the complexities of his belief in visual form.”
It brought back to mind the mention of Einstein’s equation in the TimeMonk article by Duncan Burden. Burden used the example of the equation (E=MC squared) to ask if the concept in which the equation conveyed was discovered to have been already known before Einstein stated it, wouldn’t that be amazing?
It would seem to suggest the geometric key that Priory Publications/Cambridge Group discovered is a concept which is older then what is thought. Is that what you surmise?
Understanding what that concept is, and how it is used, seems to be the Key.