Some things are so obvious that it takes centuries before they are noticed. So it is with the gematric equations, only recently brought to light. Gematria comes down to us from the ancient Greeks, the letters of whose newly-acquired Phoenician alphabet they used to represent numbers.
"Solution of the Gematric Equations,"
Word Ways: Vol. 24
, Article 11.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol24/iss4/11