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Newton, Sir Isaac - The Pipes of Pan - Music of the spheres

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Sir Isaac Newton – The Pipes of Pan [in Notes and Records of the Royal Society]

 Pythagoras numbered his musical tones from the Earth, as though from here to the Moon were a tone, and thence to Mercury a semi-tone and from thence to the rest of the planets other musical intervals.  But he taught that the sounds were emitted by the motion and attrition of the solid spheres................... and from this was born the Ptolemaic system of solid orbs, when meanwhile Pythagoras beneath parables of this sort was hiding his own system and the true harmony of the heavens..

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Newton, Sir Isaac

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