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As we have studied and presented on famous philosophers in our Interdisciplinary Capstone class, I think it is important to reflect back on our educational journey with the University of Phoenix and appreciate the paths our journey took. I have definitely taken the time to reflect on my travels throughout my three-year journey. With this journey in mind, one of the most important studies in my journey was researching Pythagoras. For me, Pythagoras was a true philosopher in his own right, but known in history as a genius. Without Pythagoras' theories and philosophies, math would not be known for what it is today and music may have never been heard. Studying philosophers and geniuses has profoundly been a gift to my brain and has profoundly been embedded within my new intelligences, thanks to UOP. Pythagoras was considered to be the world's first pure mathematician. Many European philosophers call him the father of philosophy. Various scientists will call him the father of science. To musicians, nonetheless, Pythagoras is the father of music. Pythagoras was also the founder of the Pythagorean School. One of the reasons Pythagoras was so interesting to me is because of my love for music. According to researchers, very little information is known about him and his life. All that is known of him comes from what was recorded by those he taught. Pythagoras was born between 530-569 B.C., on the island of Samos in Greece. Pythagoras's father was Mnesarchus from Tyre, and his mother was Pythais, a native of Samos. His mother came from the colonial Greeks of Samos. His father was a merchant and was believed to have brought corn to Samos at a time of famine and was granted citizenship of Samos as a mark of gratitude. Little was known about Pythagoras' physicial attributes other than fictitious descriptions. The sole recorded physical description of him that has been agreed upon as fact was that he had a birthmark on his thigh.Pythagoras traveled frequently with his father. During traveling with his father, Pythagoras was educated by Chaldaeans and other learned scholars in Syria. As a youngster, Pythagoras was interested in music and played the lyre. The lyre was a stringed instrument which is an ancestor of the guitar. It is believed his musical education later contributed to his mathematical studies. It is known that Pythagoras was influenced by three philosophers. They were: Pherekydes, who was one of his teachers, Thales, and Thales' student Anaximander, who lectured about geometry and quite possibly inspired Pythagoras to seek a field in geometry. Pythagoras founded a school of philosophy that focused on math. Pythagoras was a victim of the Babylonian captivity when Babylon invaded Egypt. In Babylon Pythagoras became familiar with the philosophy of Zoroastrianism. Zoroastrianism is considered by most modern religious scholars as being a precursor of Christianity. Later, Pythagoras was allowed to return to...

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