Recent Pythian Academic Research

Posted in: Technical Track

But no, it’s not what you think!

It’s not academic research about us, The Pythian Group, but rather about our inspiration for our company’s name, the actual young woman who was the Pythian priestess, the Oracle of ancient Greece who would give her pronouncements at Delphi.

A longstanding theory as to the unusual behavior attributed to the Pythia during her oracular revelations is that she was in fact drugged, or possibly affected by gases emanating from the fissures in the geological faults on Mount Parnassus. She was known to enter a chasm “for meditation” before giving her pronouncements. However, modern science had found precious little evidence for any emanating gases until this recent research by George Papatheodorou, Emeritus Professor of Geology at Patras University, and Giorgio Etiope, of Italy’s National Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology, which appears to confirm that this is indeed the likely explanation.

If you are interested in this type of “Pythian” research, then by all means read up at the Times Online, in their article High priestess of Delphi was high on oracle gases.

Now, back to our regular programming! ;-)



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As Pythian’s Chief Executive Officer, Paul leads this center of excellence for expert, outsourced technical services for companies whose systems are directly tied to revenue growth and business success. His passion and foresight for using data and technology to drive business success has helped Pythian become a high-growth global company with over 400 employees and offices in North America, Europe, and Asia. Paul, who started his career as a data scientist, founded Pythian when he was 25 years old. In addition to driving the business, Paul is a vocal proponent of diversity in the workplace, human rights, and economic empowerment. He supports his commitment through Pythian’s hiring and retention practices, his role as board member for the Basic Income Canada Network, and as a supporter of women in technology.

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