Music


The Music Applet
Classical Piano Archive

Notes on the above picture: Pythagoras / PUQAGORAS (569 BC - 475 BC) Greek mathematician and musician. To him we owe the letter scale notation of A B C D E F G, and the divisions of the octave into the intervals we still use in western music, indeed the entire scientific description of musical theory. Pythagoras noticed that vibrating strings produce harmonious tones when the ratios of the lengths of the strings are whole numbers, and that these ratios could be extended to other instruments. To Pythagoras,  music was an audible representation of mathematics. He was a fine musician, playing the lyre, and he used music as a means to help those who were ill.

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