Pythagoreanism

In his

Why did Einstein’s Programme supersede Lorentz’s?

Elie Zahar writes:

It is my
conviction that we are able, through pure mathematical construction, to find
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those concepts and the law-like connections between them, which yield the key
to the understanding of natural phenomena . .. The really creative principle is in
mathematics. In a certain sense I consider it therefore to be true—as was the
dream of the Ancients—that pure thought is capable of grasping reality.1

Pythagorous, an “Ancient” whose name identifies a style of thinking that saw numbers to represent natural materials and human principles.

A more recent Ancient, Aristotle, tells us,
“…Pythagoreans as they are called, devoted themselves to mathematics; they were the first to advance this study,and having been brought up in it they thought its principles were the principles of all things…”  The Presocratic Philosopers,

Kirk & Raven; pp. 236-237.

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