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The music of Pythagoras; how an ancient brotherhood cracked the code of the universe and lit the path from antiquity to outer space.

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The music of Pythagoras; how an ancient brotherhood cracked the code of the universe and lit the path from antiquity to outer space.

Ferguson, Kitty.

Walker & Company

2008

366 pages

$26.95

Hardcover

B243

The title would indicate that this book is about secret societies and mysticism, but nothing could be further from the truth. Ferguson, a musician and author of several books on the history of science, presents an entertaining, erudite history of the work of Pythagoras, from its murky origins in the sixth century B.C.E. to the present. She explores the use of Pythagorean mathematics in Greek, Roman, Arabic and Western European intellectual tradition in a clear, unbiased manner, with many diagrams and explanations to aid those for who haven't kept up their high school math.

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