His Lives and the Legacy of a Rational Universe

368pp 2011 LIST PRICE: £11.99 (P) G370



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This is the story of Pythagoras and the Pythagoreans, whose insights transformed the ancient world and still inspire the realms of science, mathematics, philosophy and the arts. The pillars of our scientific tradition -- belief that the universe is rational, that there is unity to all things, and that numbers and mathematics are a powerful guide to truth about nature and the cosmos -- hark back to the convictions of this legendary scholar. Ferguson evokes Pythagoras' ancient world, showing how ideas spread in antiquity, and chronicles the influence he and his followers have had on the history of Western thought and science.
A magnificent grand tour of the history of mathematics . . . a valuable and inspiring read. INDEPENDENT