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FC: Pythagoras | Harish Tekriwal Period 3 1/11/13

1: Pythagoras of Samos was considered one of the greatest and most intellectual minds of his time. Often times, he was perceived as the man who knew it all. Many people went to him in search for answers to the ever complicating questions of life. However, our world forgets the path that Pythagoras took to come upon his answers, his truths. This is his path.

2: Of course, our modern world remembers Pythagoras most for his great accomplishments in the field of mathematics. His discovery of the Pythagorean Theorem is one of the most important in architecture. For Pythagoras, mathematics was the basis for all of his philosophies and even his religion. For him, math was the center of all truth. Inside every concept was a deeper mathematical one, helping understand the discoveries he made.

4: As a child, Pythagoras’ first true love was music. Music is one of the purest forms of truth in the world. Musical notes can be wrong, out of order, and out of tune, but they can never lie. One can imagine Pythagoras sitting with his lyre in hand, playing beautiful melodies, while trying to find the truth about the cosmos.

5: When thinking of anything, Pythagoras’ first thoughts were numbers. He is the first person to establish the truth about music, the truth that music is a form of mathematics. He also connected music and math with the cosmos. Pythagoras believed that each planet radiated its own frequency of sound, and that can be expressed as a number. Later, he would turn that number into a frequency, and that frequency was a musical note.

6: Because of his many discoveries in math, people often forget that Pythagoras was most known for his philosophies and theories, especially in astrology and religion. This diagram shows what Pythagoras thought the solar system was like. For his time period, it is astonishingly accurate, with a few exceptions. His religion believed that the central fire (the sun) was where hell was and that the stars shown above was heaven. If the world went out of balance (ex: more lies than truths), then counter earth would smash into real earth.

7: One of the most powerful ideas sweeping the mathematic world right now is that nature itself is also a form of math. Not a lot of people know that Pythagoras was one of the starters of that movement with his immense studies on what is now called “The Golden Ratio”. Again, we see another example of how Pythagoras used math to find the truth and understand it.

8: Pythagoras believed that inside every single thing was a mathematical concept, including life itself. Aristotle once said, “The Pythagoreans, having been brought up in the study of mathematics, thought that things are numbers, and that the whole cosmos is a scale and a number.” This concept is especially true when it comes to the truth about the soul in his religion. The soul was balanced on a scale and that scale measured the good and bad inside of you. This determined your next life.

9: Pythagoras and his fellow Pythagoreans recognized that letting the truth fall into the wrong hands is extremely dangerous. Especially considering that the philosophies that they discussed were so controversial, it was important that Pythagoras ensure that their ideas were kept secret. He made sure that his secret society was very close, like a brotherhood. The idea was that no brother would put another brother in harm's way by revealing the brotherhood's truths and ideas.

10: Although Pythagoras fought hard to prevent it, after his death, the Pythagorean society was almost massacred. Lots of people, especially religious groups, didn’t appreciate the work that Pythagoras was doing. Many reports have said that there were assassination plots to kill Pythagoras, but the people had too much respect for him. When he died, a religious group killed almost all the Pythagoreans to try and prevent more studies and truths. Thankfully, a lucky few survived, preserving Pythagoras’ work.

11: Today, Pythagoras is seen as one of the greatest mathematician and philosopher of all time. His many contributions to society are his greatest achievements and his philosophies will be remembered forever. However, the characteristic that will never be forgotten is the trait he had to always pursue the truth, no matter the consequence. Pythagoras showed the world that to find the truth about something, you must use something that is always right, and never wrong: math.

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13: Information citations Huffman, Carl. "Pythagoras." (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy). Stanford University, 8 Aug. 2011. Web. 10 Jan. 2013. "Pythagoras of Samos." Pythagoras Biography. University of ST. Andrews, 1999. Web. 1 Jan. 2013.

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