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[catalogued under 26. Natural Theory / A. Speculations on Nature / 4. Mathematical Nature]

Full Idea

The tektraktys (1+2+3+4=10) is the 'fount of ever-flowing nature', because nature is a harmony of three concords (4th,5th and octave), and these ratios (4:3, 3:2, and 2:1) are found in the tektraktys.

Gist of Idea

The tektraktys (1+2+3+4=10) is the 'fount of ever-flowing nature'

Source

Sextus Empiricus (Against the Professors [c.180], 7.95)

Book Reference

'The First Philosophers', ed/tr. Waterfield,Robin [OUP 2000], p.102