Chapter 13 (Mathematics Birth)

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By the fall of Mycenaean Greece, the Greeks lived what we call ‘The Greek Dark Ages’ from 1100 – 800 BC. Why did we call it the dark ages? Well, no more monumental buildings were built, no more art, no more writing, no trade, all the towns were abandoned, the population was reduced and the government and army system disappeared. It was really dark back then and it seemed that everyone were on their own.

But you know what they say, every darkness must be followed by light. And here we start our new story.

Around the 8th century BC, the Greek’s economy started to improve. They started to trade with other civilizations like the Egyptians. They started to flourish in a very good way. Actually, this time (one of the rare times in history), there was no existence for ‘The Abyss’ thoughts and principles. It was to a degree a free society of knowledge.

We owe the Greeks a lot of what we achieved today. The Greek numerical system which was fully developed around 450 BC, is still used until now in literature. They were deeply interested in geometry and smart people like Thales, Hippocrates, Democritus and Plato discovered many interesting theories that are more than useful today.

But the most interesting man from that era is Pythagoras. Pythagoras is considered the father of mathematics as we know it. Mathematics so far was just a primitive thing that helps in solving simple problems (except for Atlantis) until Pythagoras came and laid the foundations for the Greatest language of all, The Language Of Mathematics. He invented the idea of a ‘mathematical proof’, the methods to follow logic statements to make valid proofs. Others like Plato and Aristotle had great influence on the subject as well. Pythagoras believed that a complete mathematical system full of rules can be build to connect everything together. He was the one who started it all.

He started a school in Croton (Southern Italy) to teach his followers/students Mathematics. The school was successful and he had many many students. The main principle that Pythagoras stated in his school is ‘God is number’ making it very clear the importance of the mathematics science in the entire universe. God created everything we know with numbers. Mathematics is the secret language that God is using to communicate with the universe. Even the verbal languages we use to communicate as humans either with each other or with God are subject to mathematics. With mathematics there is no exception for the rule.

But as history has taught us every time, there is no eternal good. Pythagoras was a great brilliant mathematician but he also had some other thoughts. Some weird and crazy thoughts. Unfortunately, these thoughts did not bring a happy ending at all.

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4 thoughts on “Chapter 13 (Mathematics Birth)

  1. Math was never my subject. I like this post though because I learned about the history of the people behind the theorems. Although, I could never grasp the Pythagorean Theorem in school.

    • Thank you Djinnia. Yes this is not a story about science itself. It is a story about the history (with some fiction) of science and the fight with those who don’t like knowledge to be public.

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