Science historian cracks "the Plato code"Historians in the News
Plato was the Einstein of Greece’s Golden Age and his work founded Western culture and science. Dr Jay Kennedy’s findings are set to revolutionise the history of the origins of Western thought.
Dr Kennedy, whose findings are published in the leading US journal Apeiron, reveals that Plato used a regular pattern of symbols, inherited from the ancient followers of Pythagoras, to give his books a musical structure. A century earlier, Pythagoras had declared that the planets and stars made an inaudible music, a ‘harmony of the spheres’. Plato imitated this hidden music in his books.
The hidden codes show that Plato anticipated the Scientific Revolution 2,000 years before Isaac Newton, discovering its most important idea – the book of nature is written in the language of mathematics. The decoded messages also open up a surprising way to unite science and religion. The awe and beauty we feel in nature, Plato says, shows that it is divine; discovering the scientific order of nature is getting closer to God. This could transform today’s culture wars between science and religion....
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Nicholas Clifford - 6/30/2010
I suppose we can't blame the Mancunians for wanting to attribute to one of their own countrymen (Sir I. Newton) the notion that the book of nature is written in the language of mathematics (We Americans, of course, never, never, do such things -- well, hardly ever). But in fact the statement was first made (I think) by a Transalpine hero of science -- Galileo.
Whether the discovery transforms the culture wars depends, of course, on whether the scientists and the believers each cultivate a proper attitude of humility.
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