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Plato 'placed a musical code in his texts'

30th June 2010

A UK-based science historian claims to have decoded secret messages in the writings of ancient Greek philosopher Plato.

Dr Jay Kennedy, a researcher in the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at the University of Manchester, suggested that Plato embedded a 'musical structure' in his books using a regular pattern of symbols known to the followers of Pythagoras.

His research, which is published in the Apeiron journal, claims that hidden messages in texts such as The Republic demonstrate the philosopher understood that the laws of nature are underpinned by mathematic principles, rather than divine direction.

The expert also pointed out that many of Plato's followers said the philosopher had placed a code in his works, but this theory was rejected by modern academics.

Dr Kennedy added: 'This is the beginning of something big. It will take a generation to work out the implications. All 2,000 pages contain undetected symbols.'

The scholar believes his discovery will revolutionise the history of the origins of Western thought.

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