About Plato & Nous

 
 

It all started in 360 BC.....

Timaeus is a work by  the Greek philosopher Plato, written in 360 BC. .

"…….. Plato presents an elaborately wrought account of the formation of the universe and an explanation of its impressive order and beauty. The universe, he proposes, is the product of rational, purposive, and beneficent agency. It is the handiwork of a divine Craftsman (“Demiurge,” dêmiourgos) who ………… imposes mathematical order on a preexistent chaos to generate the ordered universe (kosmos). ………. For Plato this arrangement is ……….. the outcome of the deliberate intent of Intellect (nous)…"

First published Tue Oct 25, 2005 in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosopy; substantive revision Mon Dec 18, 2017
https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/plato-timaeus/


Then in 1623 …….

“The grand book of the universe ... was written in the language of mathematics, and its characters are triangles, circles, and other geometric figures, without which it is impossible to understand a single word of it”
— Galileo Galilei
 
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And in 2010 …………

 


A book by John Frederick Carden Michell (1933-2009) called Sacred Geometry was published.

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Mitchell believed in the spiritual significance of numbers and geometry. His book has many elegant water colours reminiscent of M.C. Escher's mathematically inspired art.
There was also a drawing of a cat called Nous going through a cat flap in the front door of Plato's Academy.

 
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So now we have explained the origins of Plato's Nous. We have included an image of a descendant of Naus. Meet my niece's cat Maude, with her geometrically elegant and lovely face. Maude hopes you will enjoy our presentations.

 
Maude 2018

Maude 2018