Who was Pythagoras?

Oct. 8, 2023

An ancient Babylonian tablet displaying a concept predating Pythagoras by over a millennium suggests the Pythagorean theorem could be the world's oldest known case of plagiarism.

About Pythagoras:

  • Pythagoras was a Greek philosopher and mathematician.
  • Pythagoras lived during the 6th century B.C. on the island of Samos, Greece.
  • He is commonly said to be the first pure mathematician who proposed that everything is a number.
  • He is best known in the modern day for the Pythagorean Theorem.
  • Pythagoras’ Theorem:
    • It states that in a right-angled triangle, the square of the length of the hypotenuse (the side opposite the right angle) is equal to the sum of the squares of the lengths of the other two sides.
    • This formula has been applied to measuring distance and space as, for example, in planning and executing the construction of a building.
  • Pythagorean Brotherhood:
    • Pythagoras founded a secretive religious and philosophical community known as the Pythagorean Brotherhood.
    • The members, known as Pythagoreans, followed a strict set of rules and beliefs, including the idea that mathematics and numbers held mystical and spiritual significance.
    • It was here he taught that "the whole cosmos is a scale and a number.