"If there were nothing else in the world but the twelve well-tempered tones, we would still have to believe in a wise creator who had built the world on a great plan. And if there is something that lets us at least suspect this plan, it is the melody of these twelve tones." -- J.M. Hauer
The term "harmony of the spheres" comes from Plato, who as we know was influenced by the Pythagoreans, and who applies it in the great final narrative of his Republic. There he describes, in a mythological manner, the heavenly order of the planets (including the sun and moon) and adds that on each of the planetary circles, a siren sits, each one singing a tone, and "the eight together form one harmony." We have no details on this, since this section is an encrypted secret text that has so far only been partly interpreted.
Hans Kayser (1891 - 1964)
A 20th Century Pythagorean Master
In the 1920s Hans Kayser, a German scientist, developed a theory of world harmonics based upon the Lambdoma, also called 'The Pythagorean Table'. He found that the principles of harmonious structure in nature and the fundamentals of harmonics were essentially the same. Kayser called himself and others who adhered to this philosophy 'harmonicists'. He devoted much of his life to restoring to the sciences, knowledge of the importance of harmonics. He believed that through understanding the connection between music and mathematics, it would be possible to create an understanding of the relationship between tone and numbers. Thus qualities (tonal sensations) could be derived from quantities (numbers) and quantities could be derived through qualities. In his book Akroasis (from the Greek word for 'hearing'), he wrote:
"With the discovery of the relation between pitch and string length, which could be established numerically, western science was born. Qualities (tones) were derived from quantities (string or wave lengths) in an exact way."
Kayser believed that this knowledge of harmonics had become lost and had created a major schism between science and the spirit. He hoped that a true understanding of this relationship would create a bridge between the matter and soul.
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