By Samuel Sambursky
First released 1956
Published as a Roudedge paperback 1963
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These examples are evidence of a closeness to nature and of an interest in at least qualitative observations. Yet, for all that, Plato's basic conception that truth is to be found only in the world of pure forms, in the realm of the "ideas", predisposed him to believe that number and the study of number also have no value as long as the number inheres in physical substance, in the world of shadows. Further on in the conversation quoted from 43 NATURE AND NUMBER has been shown that the scientific element in essentially the mathematics in them, Socrates per- the Philebus, after the arts is it suades his friend that there are two kinds of arithmetic.
The result triangular number is equal to the sum of • is a triangle with One at its apex and under it the number two in the form of two points, followed by a row of three points and so on. Add the rows together and we get the series of "triangular numbers", 1, 5, 6, 10, 1 5, etc. From the arrangement of the numbers in rows it can be clearly seen that every all • # • • • • • # Fig. 1. Triangular diagrams, the integers from one down to the serial position of the triangular number in question. For example: six, the third triangular number, is the sum of one, two and three ten, the fourth in the series, is the sum of the integers from one to four, and so on.
But it can hardly be doubted that a decisive factor here was the enormous influence of Plato, whose philosophy was not such as to encourage any further development along the scientific lines of the Pythagorean School. This is a fascinating question, since there are conspicuous Pythagorean elements in Plato's philosophy, as in the repeated emphasis in the dialogues on the importance of number, arithmetic and measurement. " And he continues: "I mean to say, that if arithmetic, mensuration, and weighing be taken away from any art, that which remains will not be much" .