Pythagoras Today

Slate recently reran a New Scientist piece about the similarities between mathematical patterns musicologists use and mathematical patterns¬† researchers to explore other fields.¬† Pythagoras did something similar two and a half millennia ago, and built a whole religion around it.¬† The Pythagorean cult was apparently still up and running in 1959, that’s when no less a celebrity than Donald Duck was initiated into Pythagoreanism: