The Music of Pythagoras: How an Ancient Brotherhood Cracked the Code of the Universe and Lit the Path from Antiquity to Outer Space

The Music of Pythagoras: How an Ancient Brotherhood Cracked the Code of the Universe and Lit the Path from Antiquity to Outer Space

Kitty Ferguson


The mesmerizing tale of Pythagoras and the Pythagoreans, whose insights remodeled the traditional international and nonetheless encourage the geographical regions of technology, arithmetic, philosophy, and the arts.
 
"Pythagoras's impression at the rules, and for this reason at the future, of the human race used to be most likely more than that of any unmarried guy sooner than or after him," wrote Arthur Koestler.  even though most folk understand of him just for the recognized Pythagorean Theorem (a2 +b2=c2), actually the pillars of our medical tradition--belief that the universe is rational, that there's team spirit to all issues, and that numbers and arithmetic are a strong advisor to fact approximately nature and the cosmos--hark again to the convictions of this mythical sixth-century B.C. scholar.
Born round 570 B.C. at the cultured Aegean island of Samos, Pythagoras (according to old stories) studied with the sage Thales close by at Miletus, and with monks and scribes in Egypt and Babylon. finally he based his personal college at Croton in southern Italy, the place he and his fans started to resolve the miraculous deep truths hid in the back of such traditional projects as tuning a lyre. whereas contemplating why a few string lengths produced appealing sounds and others discordant ones, they exposed the ratios of musical concord, and famous that hidden in the back of the confusion and complexity of nature are styles and orderly relationships. that they had stunned the author at his strategy planning stage and had glimpsed the brain of God! a few of them later might additionally locate anything darker in numbers and nature: irrationality, a revelation so unsettling and subversive that it might have contributed to the destruction in their brotherhood. Praised for her skill to light up advanced matters, Kitty Ferguson brilliantly inspires the archaic international of Pythagoras, displaying how rules unfold in antiquity, chronicling the impact he and his fans have had on such a lot of impressive humans within the heritage of Western inspiration and technology, and bringing a poignant human saga to readers who're day-by-day reminded that concord and chaos can and do coexist.

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