Pythagoras and Number Symbolism

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Pythagoras was an ancient Greek philosopher who founded Pythagoreanism, a school of thought that is heavily influenced by mathematics and mysticism. The ideas of Pythagoras would prove to be a huge influence on both Aristotle and Plato and, in turn, the development of Western philosophy. Pythagoras (or his movement) is credited with many mathematical and scientific discoveries, such as prime numbers, composite numbers, the Pythagorean theorem, Pythagorean tuning, the five regular solids, the Theory of Proportions, and the fact that the Earth is a sphere.

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Originally published at on June 27, 2018.

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