19th February – Pythagoras

The book Pythagoras – His Lives and the Legacy of a Rational Universe by Kitty Ferguson is far more than a biography of Pythagoras and his followers. This book traces the influence that Pythagoras has had on important thinkers throughout the last 2,500 years ranging from Plato to Bertrand Russell via Copernicus and Kepler.

From Pythagoras came the recognition that numbers are a pathway to an understanding of the deepest mysteries of a universe that on some profound level makes perfect sense and is all of a piece.

Another interesting fact is that the Pythagorean Theorem relating to the three sides of a right-angled triangle, which is the one thing most people associate with him, is inaccurately attributed. Archaeologists have found the theorem on tablets in Mesopotamia dating from the first half of the second millennium BC, a thousand years before Pythagoras was born.

Where he was born is open to uncertainty too. Most people believe he was born on Samos, but it might be he was born in Asia Minor, no one knows for sure. What is certain is that he had a huge influence on science through the centuries as this book conveys to its reader.

Published by Julian Worker

I was born in Leicester. I attended school in Yorkshire and University in Liverpool. I have been to 93 countries and territories including The Balkans and Armenia in 2015, France and Slovakia in 2016, and some of the Greek Islands in 2017. My sense of humour is distilled from The Goons, Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, and Midsomer Murders. I love being creative in my writing and I love writing about travelling. My next books are a travel book about Greece and a novel inspired by Brexit.

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