The Ascent of Man
Episode 05 - Music of the Spheres. This episode looks at the evolution of mathematics, tracing the impact of Pythagorean thought on the Islamic empire, Moorish Spain and Renaissance Europe. Pythagoras discovered that harmony in music was governed by exact ratios. The same applied to all matter, thought the Greeks. Jacob Bronowski traces the relationship between ratios and design through the tiled walls of the Alhambra in Spain, and through the discovery of perspective.
|Episode 05 - Music of the Spheres|
|History of Mathematics - wikipedia
The area of study known as the history of mathematics is primarily an investigation into the origin of discoveries in mathematics and, to a lesser extent, an investigation into the mathematical methods and notation of the past.
|The Story of Maths
This is a BBC documentary series written and presented by Professor Marcus du Sautoy, outlining aspects of the history of mathematics.
Pythagoras of Samos (c. 570 - c. 495 BC) was an Ionian Greek philosopher and founder of the religious movement called Pythagoreanism.
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