For example, consider the palindrome, meaning that it looks the same when reversed. Little is known of his life, and in fact he may be a composite figure to whom the discoveries of many different people have been attributed by his followers.
The priesthood of ancient Egypt used numbers to predict the flooding of the Nile.
Pythagoreanism, a cult of ancient Greece, believed that numbers were the basis of the entire universe, which ran on numerical harmony.
Bones dating from perhaps 30,000 years ago show scratch marks that possibly represent the phases of the Moon.
The ancient Babylonians observed the movements of the planets, recorded them as numbers, and used them to predict eclipses and other astronomical phenomena.
Numerology sheds light on the innermost workings of the human mind but very little on the rest of the universe.