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The Birth of Rationality and the Roots of Our Civilization

Thursday, November 12, 2020, 1:00 PM until 2:30 PM

Registration is required
Starting in about 570 BC, the Greeks questioned “the principles and reasons for all things divine and human.”  This led to the birth of rational argumentation – the concept of proof and demonstrable truth – in human enquiries.  A few intellectual giants - Pythagoras, Plato, Euclid, Archimedes, Apollonius – developed logic and the use of reason as the bases for our civilization’s advances. Their construction of mathematics, and thus of logic and philosophy, still underpins our societies, after we rediscovered it from Arabic sources in the Renaissance.

Pierre Larroque will lead you through the path which those giants cleared – the synchronous birth of mathematics, rational thinking, and democracy. Larroque was trained in sciences in France and has always kept a keen interest in the history of scientific thought.

A Partnership Between Little Falls Village & The Little Falls Library of Montgomery County Public Libraries

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