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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, years earlier. Thoug 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. 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. Get A Copy.
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Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Gazing over Kitty Ferguson's mind - as this book allows you to do -- is a bit like looking at the Himalayas from a Nepali tea-shop. You're already in rarefied air, but the view goes on seemingly for ever, higher and higher. I am a fan. This book is about Pythagoras, the tiny amount that is truly known about him quite a bit of which is about beans , and the way a key shred of his thought has twisted, turned and grown through history. That shred of thought is that the universe is rational and math Gazing over Kitty Ferguson's mind - as this book allows you to do -- is a bit like looking at the Himalayas from a Nepali tea-shop.
That shred of thought is that the universe is rational and mathematical. So using Pythagoras as a vehicle, Ferguson traces the history of that thought through the history of science. The strengths of the book are its thoughtfulness, and its brilliant depictions, and in some cases deconstructions, of thinkers like Kepler and Bertrand Russell, whom Kitty Ferguson seems to ingest and dissect with the same ease as I do with burgers.
The downsides for me the were less-interesting and lengthy discussions of say how Pythagoras was treated by the Romans, which I found a bit of chore to work through. But that's just me. Kitty Ferguson is always worth reading for her grasp of the matter, her fresh thinking, and, I think, her sly Christian faith. For me, this work was failing a bit in relevance in some places, but as shiningly clever as ever.
Jul 25, Rebecca rated it liked it Shelves: history , non-fiction , science. This book spans the iterations of Pythagoras in 2, years.
He did assume his own theory without testing it against Copernican theory and the available observational records. As Kitty Ferguson explains, Pythagoras had much the same idea — but 2, years earlier. Phil — earth is not a rest, revolves around the fire at an inclined circle. Z It makes more sense that this is how they came about such theories? Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? He did assume his own theory without testing it against Copernican theory and the available observational records. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here
The Pythagoran theorem is well known. Pythagoras is the father of rational thinking, 1, 2, 3, 4 are significant numbers in his theorem. Kitty Ferguson takes this very complicated topic of Pythagoras and takes us through the origins of Pythagoras in the sixth and sixth centuries and his influence on Plato, Socrates and Arisotle. This method was done on pebbles. There were 2 camps of Pythogoreans, the accusamati who were a secret societ This book spans the iterations of Pythagoras in 2, years. There were 2 camps of Pythogoreans, the accusamati who were a secret society and the mathematici the reason.
Pythagoras talks of multiple lives, the connection of mathematics and reason with the universe and music. He was almost a god like status in antiquity. There were Pythagoreans and a following from the beginning. He was said to be the son of Appolo. Kitty Ferguson talks the statue of Pythagoras in Samos where is he is from but he traveled widely and learned from the Egyptians and Eustrucans.
Pythagoras was the father of the scientific method. Kitty Ferguson takes us from antiquity to the Seventh and eighth centuries in Rome and Ptolomey and talks a lot about the fake writings of Pythogoras, there are over forgeries of Pythagoras. Rome wanted to be like Greece so they wrote a lot of forgeries but a thread of the Pythagoras survived from that time. Pythagoras has been interepreted in many ways. Through the eyes of Plato and Aristole, the prime numbers, the study of liberal arts was born in the middle ages, the study of literature, philosophy, astronomy, mathematics and music.
Pythogoras influenced Keppler and Coperincus In the seventeenth and eigtheeth centuturies, it was a all codes and conspiracy and used for political gain. Quatum mechanics and the idea of immeasurabilty came up in the 20th and 21st centuries. This is a great read for 2, years of rational thinking and thought. Aug 28, Robert S rated it really liked it. Instead of discussing each figure separately, the relationships and influences between them are discussed at length, and you can see where ideas were borrowed, rediscovered, or rejected.
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