[Epub] ↠ The Fifth Hammer: Pythagoras and the Disharmony of the World Author Daniel Heller-Roazen – Writerscompany.co.uk

The Fifth Hammer: Pythagoras and the Disharmony of the World I thought it was a raucous good read. An Ancient Tradition Holds That Pythagoras Discovered The Secrets Of Harmony Within A Forge When He Came Across Five Men Hammering With Five Hammers, Producing A Wondrous Sound Four Of The Five Hammers Stood In A Marvelous Set Of Proportions, Harmonizing But There Was Also A Fifth Hammer Pythagoras Saw And Heard It, But He Could Not Measure It Nor Could He Understand Its Discordant Sound Pythagoras Therefore Discarded It What Was This Hammer, Such That Pythagoras Chose So Decidedly To Reject It Since Antiquity, Harmony Has Been A Name For Than A Theory Of Musical Sounds It Has Offered A Paradigm For The Scientific Understanding Of The Natural World Nature, Through Harmony, Has Been Transcribed In The Ideal Signs Of Mathematics But, Time And Again, The Transcription Has Run Up Against One Fundamental Limit Something In Nature Resists Being Written Down, Transcribed In A Stable Set Of Ideal Elements A Fifth Hammer, Obstinately, Continues To Sound In Eight Chapters, Linked Together As Are The Tones Of A Single Scale, The Fifth Hammer Explores The Sounds And Echoes Of That Troubling Percussion As They Make Themselves Felt On The Most Varied Of Attempts To Understand And Represent The Natural World From Music To Metaphysics, Aesthetics To Astronomy, And From Plato And Boethius To Kepler, Leibniz, And Kant, This Book Explores The Ways In Which The Ordering Of The Sensible World Has Continued To Suggest A Reality That No Notes Or Letters Can Fully Transcribe. Like all of Daniel Heller Roazen s books, this traces an obscure theme through pre modern cultural history, finding implications wildly divergent from the initial thesis In this case, it is the discovery by Pythagoras that musical harmony has its basis in simple integer ratios The beauty of this system is incomplete and attempts to make it so run into problems of the irrational and disharmonious Heller Roazen traces this theme through Boethius and medieval musicologists up to the aesthetics of Kant and the cosmology of Kepler, showing how time and again the sounding of the fifth hammer undermines the perfect harmony of their s This one will give your brain a real workout I think it s well worth reading if you have any interest at all in harmony and acoustics, and how they relate to theoretical mathematics and astronomy One star taken off because I thought chapter 7 was too much rather tedious and not terribly rewar Walking past a forge one day, a fable tells of Pythagoras enrapt by the sound of five hammers, striking in unison, consonant in their harmony Here, it seemed, was a living allegory of the cosmos, itself a well ordered expanse of unitary motion and proportion Yet of the five hammers, the fifth never did quite fit, its discordant chime shattering the spell that so pleased the Greek philosopher Such is the tale that begins Daniel Heller Roazen s intimate little history, tracing the insistence of disharmony across the many attempts to expel it from the world from the ineliminable remainders of the musical octave, to the limitlessness of a universe unbound, The Fifth Hammer is the tale of a little theme with weighty consequences.Indeed, part of the surprise and the delight of H R s book are the unexpected paths followed in pursuit of its subject, moving effortlessly among ancient mathematics, Kantian moral philosophy and scholastic musical theory, weaving an intellectual web as diverse as it is learned Unwedded then, to the conventions of genre, The Fifth Hammer is at its best when leaning on the bleeding edge of not just history, but philosophy too Can one think of number the same wa

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