*Pythagoras* |
Humans have been studying numbers for a long
time trying to make sense out of them. Many relate them to spiritual events.
**Pythagoras **(582-507 BC) was a philosopher that studied properties of
numbers similar to number theory of today. He spent most of his life in the
**Mediterranean** area in Europe including Greece, Egypt, and Italy. He
was fascinated by mathematics developed from **Mesopotamians **and felt
that numbers held the answers to many questions. He looked at even and odd
numbers, triangular numbers, perfect numbers, and tried to make understand of
them. Pythagoras and his followings would look into whether numbers has
masculine or feminine traits including whether they were beautiful or ugly.
For example, ten was a beautiful number because if you add the first 4 digits
it equals 10* *[1 + 2 + 3 + 4 = 10]. * ***Pythagoreans** observed
vibrating strings (in musical instrumentals) produce harmonious tones when the
ratios of the lengths of the strings are whole numbers, and these ratios were
applied to other instruments. The Pythagoreans studied different subjects from
astronomy and music, always looking for relationships. Their conclusion was
that the world should be reduced to numbers and are related to each other. |