By H. H. Goldstine
The beaver's teeth and the tiger's claw. Sunflowers and seashells. Fractals, Fibonacci sequences, logarithmic spirals. those varied different types of nature and arithmetic are united via a typical issue: all contain self-repeating shapes, or gnomons. virtually 2000 years in the past, Hero of Alexandria outlined the gnomon as that shape which, whilst further to a couple shape, leads to a brand new shape, just like the unique. In a spiral seashell, for instance, we see that every new component of progress (the gnomon) resembles its predecessor and continues the shell's total form. encouraged via Hero, Midhat Gazale - a fellow local of Alexandria - explains the houses of gnomons, lines their lengthy and vibrant background in human notion, and explores the mathematical and geometrical marvels they make attainable. The textual content may still attract an individual attracted to the wonders of geometry and arithmetic, in addition to to lovers of mathematical puzzles and recreations
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Aristotle’s answer is that akrasia is both, but first and foremost a state of character. 15 If a virtuous person falters on a rare occasion and acts badly, we might describe that particular action as akratic, but not without qualification. The description must be qualified because the action did not flow naturally from the person’s established character. Likewise, if an akratic person resists Aristotle 35 temptation on one occasion out of twenty, we might describe his or her action on that one occasion as morally strong, but only in a qualified sense.
62 This is because systematic interconnectedness ensures that a false belief anywhere within an individual’s belief-structure will create the potential for any given true belief within the system to be defeated. 63 If most but not all of the beliefs within your system are true, you may go along fine for a while and appear immune to illusions affecting your perception of the relative magnitudes of potential pleasures. “But then,” Penner tells us, 22 UNDERSTANDING MORAL WEAKNESS perhaps unexpectedly, a different aspect of the situation flashes itself at the agent, thereby focussing the agent’s attention on matters that bring into play a quite different, and false belief, within the agent’s beliefstructure.
We find nothing analogous to this picture in the early Socrates. On the early Socrates’ view, once you have moral wisdom, you will henceforth be secure against being overcome by appetites that are contrary to your overall good. On the view of the early Socrates, the acquisition of moral wisdom eliminates the bad horse that represents chaotic appetites, while on the view of the later Socrates, the best moral wisdom can do is to suppress and redirect the bad horse. The tripartite view of the soul expressed in the Phaedrus’ chariot metaphor closely parallels the view of the soul found in Republic.
A History of Numerical Analysis from the 16th through the 19th Century by H. H. Goldstine