Friday, February 8, 2008


Η ιδέα της σύνδεσης των μαθηματικών και της μουσικής γεννήθηκε πριν από 26 ολόκληρους αιώνες στην αρχαία Ελλάδα από τον Πυθαγόρα, μαθηματικό και ιδρυτή της πυθαγόρειας σχολής σκέψης. Ο φιλόσοφος γνώριζε πολύ καλά τη σχέση της μουσικής με τους αριθμούς. Οι ειδικοί ερευνητές θεωρούν ότι το πιθανότερο είναι πως ο ίδιος και οι μαθητές του εντρύφησαν στη σχέση της μουσικής και των αριθμών μελετώντας το αρχαίο όργανο μονόχορδο.

Pythagoras was very interested in music, and so were his followers. The Pythagoreans were musicians as well as mathematicians. Pythagoras wanted to improve the music of his day, which he believed was not harmonious enough and was too hectic.

The way Pythagoras discovered that musical notes could be translated into mathematical equations was when one day he passed blacksmiths at work, and thought that the sounds emanating from their anvils being hit were beautiful and harmonious and decided that whatever scientific law caused this to happen must be mathematical and could be applied to music. He went to the blacksmiths to learn how this had happened by looking at their tools, he discovered that it was because the anvils were "simple ratios of each other, one was half the size of the first, another was 2/3 the size, and so on." (See Pythagorean tuning.)

The Pythagoreans elaborated on a theory of numbers, the exact meaning of which is still debated among scholars. Pythagoras believed in something called the harmony of the spheres. He believed that the planets and stars moved according to mathematical equations, which corresponded to musical notes and thus produced a symphony.

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