We have all heard the expression
A sound mind in a sound body
the English translation of a famous quotation by the pre-Socratic Greek philosopher Thales of Miletus (624 – 546 BC). With these words, Thales of Miletus elucidated the close links between physical exercise and mental equilibrium. Over 2000 years ago, the Greek already demonstrated how important it is to keep mentally and physically fit. Without a healthy body, our brain doesn’t function properly and vice versa without a sound mind, we cannot operate our body in full.
The Greek are the ancestors of our European civilisation; they introduced to us the principles of philosophy, mathematics and astrology, At the same time, they were brave warriors, subject to military drill from early manhood. The adjective ‘spartan’, meaning austere, hard, indifferent to comfort and luxury derives from Sparta, the warrior society on the peninsula of ancient Greece.
In the next string of blogs, I will introduce you to a series of brain teasers, puzzles and riddles as well as to other broader topics from mathematics and computer science. I hope you will enjoy my articles and if you do so, please sign up to my newsletter.