This documentary is about an original idea addressed by Pythagoras in the 6th century b. C. and handed down to us in its unchanged scientific form. On a night of 2500 years ago, while observing the sky, Pythagoras thought that the planets’ motion produced sounds. He therefore carried out experiments in the field of acoustic science and produced an astronomic theory based on mathematics and on music. In the movie, with the help of prof. Piergiorgio Odifreddi, we will see how the theory of the “Music of the Universe” reappeared throughout the history of science and was used from time to time by Copernicus, Galileo, Descartes, Kepler, Newton, to finally re-emerge in the most recent discoveries of quantum physics, making Pythagoras the forerunner of western scientific thought.
But there is more to that… Hans-Eberhard Dentler, a German ‘cellist, carried out a ten-year philological research, which produced an essay relating the mathematical ideas of Pythagoras with a work by J. S. Bach, “The Art of Fugue”, whose score reveals an astronomical “nature” if observed with Pythagoras’ instruments. Supported by the scholarly reading of experts, viewers will realize that the entire work outlines an image similar to an ancient astronomical map.
Like Pythagoras’ universe was governed according to harmonious principles, thus Bach’s music reveals the close connections with the cosmic science.