A Greek notion, generally understood as the celestial sound or music produced by the ordered movement of the stars and planets through the heavens. The idea is usually attributed to the mystic Pythagoras (580 BCE), to whom a belief in the power of music is ascribed. 2,564 more words
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"It must be kept in mind that Aristotle rejected the whole of Pythagorean theories, particularly the rotation of the earth, its movement of translation, and the natural analogy between the earth and the heavenly bodies which move around a central fire. Seeing that Aristotle intends to show the absurdity of such hypotheses -- which are clearly a contradiction with his own system, in which the earth is immobile in the center of the world -- there is all reason to believe that he did not take great pains to present the doctrine of Philolaos in coherent form. It is indeed true that the Pythagorean system upsets the Greek conception of the world."
The man stood, dumbfounded, attempting to comprehend the news he had just been given. The Messenger of God had just informed him that his wife– his Virgin– was now with child, and would present him with a son who would surpass all who had ever lived in beauty and wisdom. 747 more words
So last month amongst the talk about the radius of a circle inscribed in a Pythagorean right triangle I mentioned that I had, briefly, floated a conjecture that might have spun off it. 1,446 more words