Mathematical thought before the fall of an empire: the cardinal Bessarion's vita sum numa et arte plato.
Petakos, Kyriakos | 2011-10-13
An empire is just about to collapse for ever bringing about an intellectual sort of death that
is detrimental not only to the nation that su ers the loss of his heart, the Greeks, but also
the whole western civilization. In these last tragical moments where survival monopolizes the
human existence as a form of self-preservation, mathematical thinking prevails on the mind of a
clergy personality. It is the cardinal Bessarion, whose manuscripts scattered in the aristocraticsometime
ago full of Greeks -suburbs of Bosporus reveal parallel to his love for such a wellstructured
science another application of mathematics rarely conceived by today educators:oratory and its undoubted power.