Math In The Odyssey

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Knowing the mysteries of the universe is something special and understanding math and science are the closest things to knowing the universe's secrets. On Earth there are many mysteries that scientists have still not figured out. Becoming more knowledgeable is the best way to help discover worldly secrets. In ancient Greece stories were made to explain natural phenomenons to cover up what has yet to be discovered. Stories like The Odyssey were told to explain the unknown. In ancient Greece, philosophers began to use real science and math to figure out the mysteries and ever since the Greeks started this revolution people have been frantically searching for the reason for life, and our purpose on Earth. In ancient Greece, math and science sprouted …show more content…
In The Odyssey, Odysseus uses incredible strength to do many tasks. While the Phaeacians were competing and showing off for Odysseus, Odysseus said, “I can fling a spear as far as the next man wings an arrow” (Homer). The optimum speed of an arrow, being shot by an average man, is 270 fps. Two hundred and seventy fps is equal to 184 mph. The average major league baseball pitcher’s throw is 140 fps, which is about 95 mph. The point is that if Odysseus is telling the truth he can throw a spear 1.9 times faster than a major league pitcher can throw a baseball. Math is everywhere in the Odyssey one just has to take the time to find it. Another example of math is the loyal swineherd owns a lot of pigs, but he does not specify a specific amount, he leaves a word problem for the reader to solve. It states that “[w]ithin the yard he’d built twelve sties, side-by-side, to bed his pigs, and in each one one fifty brood-sows slept aground, penned and kept for breeding. The boars slept outside, but far fewer of them” (Homer). If there is twelve sties and in each there is one fifty brood-sows then there is 1800 brood-sows total. The reader is not told how many boars are on the outside of the sties, but it does tell us that there is less than 1800. The reader can automatically assume by reasoning that there is more than 0 boars too. For Homer to make …show more content…
Everywhere someone looks they can see how math and science changed the world. The mathematicians and scientists were the ones who did all of this because of their motivation to discover and figure out new things. Their knowledge evolutionized everything. The start of the math and science revolution all started with curious people who wanted to learn. Power spews out of those who hold the knowledge of the incredible universe, for example the philosophers in ancient Greece who taught were surrounded by followers because people found the power of knowing things very handy. Odysseus, just like the philosophers, shows the power by his knowledge as an experienced ruler. Math and science are a powerful source of knowledge and the power that these contain will help one to be respected and listened to more

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