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The Resource The metaphysics of the Pythagorean theorem : Thales, Pythagoras, engineering, diagrams, and the construction of the cosmos out of right triangles, Robert Hahn

The metaphysics of the Pythagorean theorem : Thales, Pythagoras, engineering, diagrams, and the construction of the cosmos out of right triangles, Robert Hahn

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The metaphysics of the Pythagorean theorem : Thales, Pythagoras, engineering, diagrams, and the construction of the cosmos out of right triangles
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The metaphysics of the Pythagorean theorem
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Thales, Pythagoras, engineering, diagrams, and the construction of the cosmos out of right triangles
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Robert Hahn
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eng
Summary
"Bringing together geometry and philosophy, this book undertakes a strikingly original study of the origins and significance of the Pythagorean theorem. Thales, whom Aristotle called the first philosopher and who was an older contemporary of Pythagoras, posited the principle of a unity from which all things come, and back into which they return upon dissolution. He held that all appearances are only alterations of this basic unity and there can be no change in the cosmos. Such an account requires some fundamental geometric figure out of which appearances are structured. Robert Hahn argues that Thales came to the conclusion that it was the right triangle: by recombination and repackaging, all alterations can be explained from that figure. This idea is central to what the discovery of the Pythagorean theorem could have meant to Thales and Pythagoras in the sixth century BCE. With more than two hundred illustrations and figures, Hahn provides a series of geometric proofs for this lost narrative, tracing it from Thales to Pythagoras and the Pythagoreans who followed, and then finally to Plato's Timaeus. Uncovering the philosophical motivation behind the discovery of the theorem, Hahn's book will enrich the study of ancient philosophy and mathematics alike." -- Publisher's description
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1952-
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Hahn, Robert
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
SUNY series in ancient Greek philosophy
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  • Pythagoras
  • Thales
  • Euclid
  • Euclid
  • Pythagoras
  • Thales
  • Philosophy, Ancient
  • Mathematics, Greek
  • Pythagorean theorem
  • Mathematics, Greek
  • Philosophy, Ancient
  • Pythagorean theorem
  • Mathematik
  • Metaphysik
  • Pythagoreischer Lehrsatz
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The metaphysics of the Pythagorean theorem : Thales, Pythagoras, engineering, diagrams, and the construction of the cosmos out of right triangles, Robert Hahn
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Metaphysics, geometry, and the problems with diagrams -- The Pythagorean theorem: Euclid I.47 and VI. 31 -- Thales and geometry: Egypt, Miletus, and beyond -- Pythagoras and the famous theorems -- From the Pythagorean theorem to the construction of the cosmos out of right triangles
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
txt
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rdacontent
Control code
1031848017
Dimensions
29 cm
Extent
xvi, 282 pages
Isbn
9781438464909
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)1031848017
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The metaphysics of the Pythagorean theorem : Thales, Pythagoras, engineering, diagrams, and the construction of the cosmos out of right triangles, Robert Hahn
Publication
Note
Metaphysics, geometry, and the problems with diagrams -- The Pythagorean theorem: Euclid I.47 and VI. 31 -- Thales and geometry: Egypt, Miletus, and beyond -- Pythagoras and the famous theorems -- From the Pythagorean theorem to the construction of the cosmos out of right triangles
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1031848017
Dimensions
29 cm
Extent
xvi, 282 pages
Isbn
9781438464909
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)1031848017

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