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Music and the Making of Modern Science

Peter Pesic


Music played a significant role in the making of modern science. In ancient Greek natural philosophy, music formed the earthly meeting place between numbers and perception. For the next two millennia, music remained a central part of higher education, united with arithmetic, geometry, and astronomy in the quadrivium. Accordingly, innovations reverberated between all these fields. This book presents the “scientific revolution” more as a phase in the restoration and augmentation of the ancient project of musicalizing the world than a change in the basic project of natural philosophy. After discu ... More

Keywords: Relation of music to science, Quadrivium, Pythagorean thought, Natural philosophy, Experiment, Education, Scientific revolution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780262027274
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262027274.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Pesic, author
St. John's College