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A Comprehensible UniverseShould the Astronomer Look into the Sky?

A Comprehensible Universe: Should the Astronomer Look into the Sky? [In this chapter, and in the two following chapters, three Greek philosophical traditions are considered: Platonic, Aristotelian, and Archimedean. Plato’s doctrine held that material beings, perceptible by the senses, are only the shadows of the corresponding ideas. For instance, a cube made by an artisan is only an imperfect similitude of the Perfect Cube. At this point, Plato’s ontology meets Platonic aesthetics. For the Greeks, beauty was an almost physical property of bodies and, under the influence of the Pythagoreans, was identified with symmetry that could be represented by numbers with the help of various kinds of proportion.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

A Comprehensible UniverseShould the Astronomer Look into the Sky?

A Comprehensible Universe — Jan 1, 2008

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Publisher
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright
© Springer-Verlag 2008
ISBN
978-3-540-77624-6
Pages
11 –14
DOI
10.1007/978-3-540-77626-0_2
Publisher site
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Abstract

[In this chapter, and in the two following chapters, three Greek philosophical traditions are considered: Platonic, Aristotelian, and Archimedean. Plato’s doctrine held that material beings, perceptible by the senses, are only the shadows of the corresponding ideas. For instance, a cube made by an artisan is only an imperfect similitude of the Perfect Cube. At this point, Plato’s ontology meets Platonic aesthetics. For the Greeks, beauty was an almost physical property of bodies and, under the influence of the Pythagoreans, was identified with symmetry that could be represented by numbers with the help of various kinds of proportion.]

Published: Jan 1, 2008

Keywords: Mathematical Structure; Irrational Number; True Knowledge; Platonic Solid; Equal Surface

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