Numerology: Or, What Pythagoras Wrought ( Spectrum Series)by Underwood Dudley, John Johnson
Pub. Date: 06/01/1997
Publisher: Mathematical Association of America
Numerology is the delusion that numbers have power over events. It is a descendent of number mysticism, the belief the contemplation of numbers can give mystical and non-rational insights into life, the universe and everything. 2500 years ago, Pythagoras originated number mysticism, crediting certain numbers with characteristics, through numerology, is a more recent invention that allots numbers, hence characteristics, to individuals. Underwood Dudley outlines here the history of number mysticism and numerology and gives many examples, including biorhythyms, Bible-numberists, pyramidologists and a plethora of others. His message is that numbers do indeed have power, but over minds not events. This is the only book that exposes this particular human folly, and requires no mathematical background beyond knowledge of numbers.
Table of Contents1. Introduction; 2. Pythagoras; 3. Neopythagoreanism; 4. The Pythagoreans abroad; 5. Alphabets for Gematria; 6. The Beast; 7. Beastly curiosities; 8. The Beast is coming! 9. The law of small numbers; 10. Comes the revolution; 11. The law of round numbers; 12. Biblical sevens; 13. Thirteens and squares; 14. The triangles of Genesis 1:1; 15. Paradigms; 16. Through poetry with straightedge and compass; 17. Shakespeare's numbers; 18. Rithmomachy; 19. Number forms; 20. Mrs L. Dow Balliett; 21. Numerology books; 22. What numerologists sell; 23. Listen for your number; 24. The power of the pyramid; 25. Inside the pyramid; 26. The Pyramid, Stonehenge, the Malayasian Lottery, and the Washington Monument; 27. Pyramidiocy; 28. Are you gridding? 29. Enneagrams; 30. All that glistens; 31. Numbers, numbers everywhere; 32. Biorhythyms; 33. Riding the wave; 34. Conclusion.
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