Pythagoras: His Lives and the Legacy of a Rational Universe

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Icon Books Ltd, Mar 3, 2011 - Mathematics - 368 pages
This is the story of Pythagoras and the Pythagoreans, whose insights transformed the ancient world and still inspire the realms of science, mathematics, philosophy and the arts. Einstein said that the most incredible thing about our universe was that it was comprehensible at all. As Kitty Ferguson explains, Pythagoras had much the same idea - but 2,500 years earlier. Though known by many only for his famous Theorem, in fact the pillars of our scientific tradition - belief that the universe is rational, that there is unity to all things, and that numbers and mathematics are a powerful guide to truth about nature and the cosmos - hark back to the convictions of this legendary scholar. Kitty Ferguson brilliantly evokes Pythagoras' ancient world of, showing how ideas spread in antiquity, and chronicles the incredible influence he and his followers have had on so many extraordinary people in the history of Western thought and science. 'Pythagoras' influence on the ideas, and therefore on the destiny, of the human race was probably greater than that of any single man before or after him' - Arthur Koestler.
 

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Pythagoras was born about 570 BC and grew up on the island of Samos...just off the Turkish Coast. He was clearly a remarkable character. Travelled widely in his younger years...to Egypt and apparently ... Read full review

Contents

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At the hinge of legend and history
The Longhaired Samian
Entirely different from the institutions of the Greeks
Among them was a man of immense knowledge
My true race is of Heaven
All things known have number
The Famous Figure of Pythagoras
The Roman Pythagoras
Through NeoPythagorean and Ptolemaic Eyes
The Wrapup of Antiquity
Dwarfs on the shoulders of giants Pythagoras in the Middle
Wherein Nature shows herself most excellent and complete
While the morning stars sang together Johannes Kepler
Enlightened and Illuminated
Janus Face

A Book by Philolaus the Pythagorean
Platos Search for Pythagoras
The ancients our superiors who dwelt nearer to the gods have
From Aristotle to Euclid
The Labyrinths of Simplicity
Music or Silence
Bibliography
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Kitty Ferguson was born in San Antonio, Texas. She now divides her time between New Jersey and Cambridge, UK. An experienced science writer, her previous books include Stephen Hawking: Quest for a Theory of Everything

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