Pythagoras: His Life, Teaching, and Influence by Christoph Riedweg,Steven Rendall

By Christoph Riedweg,Steven Rendall

the most very important mathematical theorems is called after Pythagoras of Samos, yet this semi-mythical Greek sage has extra to supply than formulation. he's stated to have came upon the numerical nature of the fundamental consonances and transposed the musical proportions to the cosmos, postulating a "harmony of the spheres." He can have coined the phrases "cosmos" and "philosophy." he's additionally believed to have taught the doctrine of transmigration of souls and for that reason to have prompt a vegetarian nutrition. historical legends have Pythagoras speaking with canines, bears, and bulls. A rather Pythagorean lifestyle, together with particular ritual rules, was once saw via his disciples, who have been geared up as a mystery society. Later, Pythagorean and Platonic teachings grew to become fused. during this Platonized shape, Pythagoreanism has remained influential via medieval Christianity and the Renaissance right down to the present.Christoph Riedweg's booklet is a fascinating advent to the basic contributions of Pythagoras to the institution of ecu tradition. To penetrate the problematic maze of lore and determine what heritage can let us know concerning the thinker, Riedweg not just examines the written list but additionally considers Pythagoras in the cultural, highbrow, and non secular context of his instances. the result's a vibrant assessment of the existence and teachings of a vital Greek philosopher and his most crucial followers.

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