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The Pythagoreans experimented extensively with musical intervals, seeking to “discover” natural proportions. Of course, this attitude flies in the face of those who consider mathematics a synthetic science, artificially elaborating rational consistency. Plato’s and the Pythagoreans’ influence was very persistent, but it primarily appealed to an elitist perspective. Since there was only one true reality, the most discerning and intelligent person was the best source of supervision. Efficiency was an absolute with only one true measure of rational utility and departures from it occurred only through ignorance.

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In addition, the thirteenth century saw the shift from tally sticks to account books, and from the itinerant trader to the sedentary merchant who used credit instruments such as bills of exchange. C. (Pomeroy, 1994). He also draws on the Babylonian and Persian tradition in his biography of Cyrus the Great, the Cyropaedia, that emphasizes the training of Cyrus for administration and military leadership. Xenophon’s Hiero contains discussions of the administrative stimulus of private production and technology through public recognition and prizes.

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