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Ἵππασος). A native of Metapontum and follower of the Pythagorean doctrine. He is said to have excelled in the application of mathematical principles to music, statics, and mensuration. In common with others of the same school, he held that fire was the originating cause of all things. He taught also that the universe is finite, is always changing, and undergoes a periodical conflagration. In consequence of his having made known the sphere consisting of twelve pentagons, which was a secret of the Pythagoreans, he is said to have been drowned as an impious person (Diog. Laert. viii.).

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