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Platos Academy--A mathematical history The opening of Platos Academy in about 387 BC is heralded as the turning point in mathematics and was the first European university Copleston 127 The word Academy is derived from the name Academos -- the prior owner of the land on which the school was built -- and has become synonymous with higher thought and learning Prior to the opening of the academy mathematics was viewed as a subject relevant only to practical matters Plato regarded the world that we are aware of through our senses as a place of deception and proposed a world of ideas which were constant and true OConnor and Robertson Plato Platos new philosophy on teaching astonished those who came as they were not expecting a curriculum of only mathematics and astronomy Copleston 131 Not only was it a historic moment for mathematics but the roots of practically every famous mathematician after that point can be traced back to the Academys teachings Plato revolutionized the acceptance of mathematics by coming up with a very different philosophy for its study The door to Platos academy reportedly read Let no one destitute of geometry enter my doors which represented Platos positive feelings towards mathematics education Although he was primarily a philosopher Plato made many important contributions to mathematics He taught that mathematics should be learned for the joy of learning and not as had been the case before the opening of the academy for merely solving practical problems alone In Republic Plato stated mathematics should be studied not for the purpose of buying and selling But for facilitating the conversion of the soul itself from the world of generation to essence and truth 525c Plato saw mathematics as the key to understanding the stars and said in Epinomis people are ignorant that he who is truly an astronomer must be wisest 990a Believing that the study of mathematics would provide the finest training for the
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