Mathematics and the Importance of Abstract Structure
Another leading idea of Pythagoras was that of the key importance of
mathematical structures in the universe.
Pythagoras himself was no creative mathematician; there is no reliable
evidence that he proved any mathematical theorems at all (not even ‘Pythagoras’
theorem’). The evidence suggests rather that the Pythagoreans’ focus was on a
speculative numerology applied to the cosmos. (For example, the dualism of
good and evil was paralleled, and perhaps meant to be explained, by the dualism
of odd and even numbers; and so on.) But from here the thought emerges, first,
that mathematics is not just a useful practical device; that it reveals an abstract
structure in things; and secondly that this abstract structure may be the key to the
essential nature of things. It is through these ideas that Pythagoras became the
midwife of pure mathematics, which began to develop from now on; and indeed
the founder of the whole mathematical side of scientific theory.
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¿QUÉ NOS MOTIVA A ESTUDIARLAS, A AMARLAS Y ODIARLAS?
¿PORQUÉ LAS VIVIMOS A FULL?
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