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Thus, the coincidence of day of the week for the assassinations is emphasized; the differences in month and number of day in the month are ignored.
(Lincoln was assassinated on April 14, Kennedy on November 22.) More subtly, only one choice is made from many possibilities, the one that maintains the numerological pattern. Many of the coincidences listed here are exaggerations, lies, elaborations chosen from an infinite range of potential targets, or the result of a hidden selective process.
Not surprisingly, many people become convinced that these coincidences have irrational explanations. Kennedy, taken from a far more extensive list in Martin Gardner’s One explanation for coincidences of this kind is selective reporting.
Mathematics, meanwhile, sheds light on much of the universe but, as yet, very little on human psychology.
It is common for coincidences to be exaggerated in this manner. It is in this fertile territory that number mysticism thrives.
(“divination”), was practiced by the ancient Greeks, Chaldeans, and Hebrews; its successor is numerology.
Curiously, Revelation is the 66th book in the Bible, and the number of the beast occurs in verse 18, which is 6 6 6. Carlyle Hynes, a Seventh-day Adventist, added up the Roman numerals in the phrase Martin Luther.
Not coincidentally, Stifel was a Protestant theologian and Bungus a Catholic.All even numbers were female, all odd numbers male. The most perfect number was 10, because 10 = 1 2 3 4.