Pythagorean system


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pythagorean system (Astron) the commonly received system of astronomy, first taught by Pythagoras, and afterward revived by Copernicus, whence it is also called the Copernican system.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Pythagorean system the astronomical system of Copernicus, erroneously attributed to Pythagoras
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In literature:

Aristarchus adopted the Pythagorean system as representing the actual facts.
"History of the Conflict Between Religion and Science" by John William Draper
Pythagorean and Chinese systems of music, similarity of, 129.
"China and the Chinese" by Herbert Allen Giles
Number and harmony, as in the Pythagorean system, are everywhere dominant in this under-world.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 365, December 30, 1882" by Various
There Philo taught, and bequeathed to the Neo-Platonists much of his Pythagorean system.
"Monophysitism Past and Present" by A. A. Luce
There is little to be said by way of criticism of the Pythagorean system.
"A Critical History of Greek Philosophy" by W. T. Stace

In science:

In the modern world the universally accepted solution to the imperfections in all “perfect tuning” systems, such as the Pythagorean tuning, just intonation, meantone temperament, is to distribute the unavoidable imperfections in all the notes such that an octave is equally divided in 12 semi-tone intervals.
Music in Terms of Science