harmony of the spheres

A doctrine often traced to Pythagoras and fusing together mathematics, music, and astronomy. In essence the heavenly bodies, being large objects in motion, must produce music. The perfection of the celestial world requires that this music be harmonious; it is hidden from our ears only because it is always present. The mathematics of harmony was a central discovery of immense significance to the Pythagoreans.

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  • Harmony of the spheres — Harmony Har mo*ny (h[aum]r m[ o]*n[y^]), n.; pl. {Harmonies} ( n[i^]z). [F. harmonie, L. harmonia, Gr. armoni a joint, proportion, concord, fr. armo s a fitting or joining. See {Article}.] 1. The just adaptation of parts to each other, in any… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • harmony of the spheres — a doctrine promulgated by the Pythagoreans that the celestial spheres are separated by intervals corresponding to the relative lengths of strings that produce harmonious tones compare music of the spheres * * * harmony of the spheres see under… …   Useful english dictionary

  • harmony of the spheres — see sphere. → harmony …   English new terms dictionary

  • music (or harmony) of the spheres — the natural harmonic tones supposedly produced by the movement of the celestial spheres or the bodies fixed in them. → sphere …   English new terms dictionary

  • music of the spheres — noun an inaudible music that Pythagoras thought was produced by the celestial • Hypernyms: ↑music, ↑euphony * * * : an ethereal harmony supposed by the Pythagoreans to be produced by the vibration of the celestial spheres upon which the stars and …   Useful english dictionary

  • music of the spheres — See harmony of the spheres …   Philosophy dictionary

  • Music of the spheres — Music Mu sic, n. [F. musique, fr. L. musica, Gr. ? (sc. ?), any art over which the Muses presided, especially music, lyric poetry set and sung to music, fr. ? belonging to Muses or fine arts, fr. ? Muse.] 1. The science and the art of tones, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • music of the spheres — Date: 1609 an ethereal harmony thought by the Pythagoreans to be produced by the vibration of the celestial spheres …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • music of the spheres — noun a harmony supposed by the Pythagoreans to be made by the vibrations of crystal spheres upon which, they believed, the planets and stars revolved …   Australian English dictionary

  • of the spheres — The music, inaudible to mortal ears, produced according to Pythagoras by the motions of the celestial spheres in accordance with the laws of harmony ● sphere …   Useful english dictionary

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