Pythagoras the Master

Philolaus, Presocratic Follower

Carol Dunn

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  • Offers readers a firm basis to re-examine the importance of Pythagoras' work
  • A well-researched and accessible study
  • Aims to clarify the long-forgotten and often misunderstood legacy of Pythagoras

A in-depth study of one of the most under-recognised mathematicians, bringing Pythagoras's true legacy to light.

229 x 152 mm
Lindisfarne Books
Philosophy of Human Life; Philosophy of the Natural World
154 pages
Publication date:
16 Aug 2018


Pythagoras was one of the great geniuses of the West and yet, apart from his famous Pythagorean theorem, he is virtually unknown. If we rely on modern scholars and academics, argues Carol Dunn, we find that his long-forgotten legacy is misunderstood and even distorted, and is therefore almost nonexistent.

First, it shows that the early pioneers of modern physics, mainly Newton and Kepler, scientifically and mathematically confirmed Pythagoras' discoveries of the sixth century BC -- the heliocentric theory of our cosmos and the parallel theory regarding the Harmony of the Spheres. These are discoveries for which Pythagoras has received scant recognition by the Western philosophical tradition.

Second, the author argues against the proposition that the heliocentric theory was initiated not by Pythagoras but instead by his student Philolaus, who lived in the fifth century BC, and whose astronomical theory, according to Dunn, is not based on science.

Pythagoras, the Master is well researched and accessible, offering readers a firm basis to reexamine the importance of Pythagoras' work and whether he or Philolaus discovered these paradigm-changing astronomical theories two thousand years before Western science rediscovered them in the seventeenth century.


Carol Dunn was born in England, and moved to the US in her twenties. She obtained a BA in Philosophy and Art History and an MA in Philosophy, from City University of New York.

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