A painting by Fyodor Bronnikov shows the Pythagoreans worshipping the sun.

Student Carolyn Evans to lead Mathematics Seminar on Pythagoreans

Student Carolyn Evans will lead the next Mathematics Seminar on April 13. Her talk will look at the Pythagoreans — a philosophical society with some pretty radical world views and hippie-esque habits. They believed that math was the means by which the soul was elevated to union with the divine, and that being strict vegetarians, abstinent from alcohol, and keeping no personal belongings would help them reach this goal.

 

The seminar, which runs 3-4 p.m. in room 103 of Cook, will cover some of the group’s philosophical foundations, famous legends, mathematical discoveries and longstanding impacts. Pop and cookies will be served at 2:45 p.m.

This presentation will touch on the ancient Greek philosophers and the evolution of Western thought as well as mathematics — everyone is welcome to attend!

 

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