Pythagoras of Samos (ca. 570–496 B.C.)

  • Constantine J. Vamvacas
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 257)

Who was Pythagoras? This question might at first seem naive, yet it is totally justified. While so much has been said over the centuries about his teachings, nothing appears to be certain concerning the individual himself. A differentiation between what he himself taught, and Pythagorism during the period of its development, remains a matter of pure conjecture. The reason for this quandary is a set of inherent difficulties, beginning with the lack of contemporary sources regarding Pythagoras’s work and his teachings. He appears not to have produced any writings, or if he did, they have not survived.


Geometrical Algebra Regular Polyhedron Regular Pentagon European Thought Regular Dodecahedron 
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  • Constantine J. Vamvacas
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