Benjamin Rosenbaum

Comments on "Things Exist By Imitation of Numbers"

not sure i understood exactly what you were getting at in this story. it left me rather confused

Posted by todd at January 23, 2012 06:58 PM

I do so like subtlety that I always run the risk of confusing everyone. Did you read the author's note? It's a sort of whimsical alternate history about if the ancient cult of the Pythagoreans survived into the present and was right about everything...

Posted by Benjamin Rosenbaum at January 24, 2012 06:06 PM

no i don't believe i saw any author's note. this may shed new light in the dark wickerbasket of the fiction

Posted by todd at January 24, 2012 09:20 PM

Nice story. It really is about what is often referred to as the Harmony of the Spheres that united astronomy, pure mathematics and music. A beautiful, if incorrect, point of view that began to die in the 17th Century with Newton and his forbears.

I didn't understand the relevance of the Golden Ratio.

Posted by dmr at January 25, 2012 06:37 AM

It is indeed about the Harmony of the Spheres, which was a Pythagorean invention, and other Pythagorean ideas, including the golden ratio, Pythagorean ideas about musical tuning, silence, secrecy, numbers having primary philosophical reality, and avoiding beans.

Posted by Benjamin Rosenbaum at January 25, 2012 11:06 AM

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