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Single Idea 375

[catalogued under 26. Natural Theory / A. Speculations on Nature / 4. Mathematical Nature]

Full Idea

When our predecessors discovered musical scales, they also discovered similar features in bodily movement, which should also be measured numerically, and called 'tempos' and 'measures'.

Gist of Idea

When musical harmony and rhythm were discovered, similar features were seen in bodily movement


report of Pythagoras (reports [c.530 BCE]) by Plato - Philebus 17d

Book Reference

Plato: 'Philebus', ed/tr. Waterfield,Robin [Penguin 1982], p.62