9 Pages Posted: 22 Feb 2011 Last revised: 20 Aug 2011
Date Written: February 14, 2011
The history of science is polarized by debates over Plato and Aristotle's holism versus the atomism of Democritus and others. This includes the complementarity of continuous and discrete, one and the many, waves and particles, and analog or digital views of reality. The three-fold method of the Pythagorean paradigm of unity, duality, and harmony enables the calculation of fundamental physical constants required by the forces of nature in the formation of matter; thereby demonstrating Plato's archetypal viewpoint.
Keywords: FQXi essay entry, Plato, information, nature, harmonic, proportion, analog, digital, reality, Pythagorean, holism, atomism, continuous, discrete, complementarity
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