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Greek Mathematician and Philosopher
Pythagoras lived from about 570 to 495 BC
He lived for around 75 years.
Pythagoras was born in Samos, Ionia (St. Andrews)
Believed to be born to Mnesarchus and Pythais, with about three brothers (Open math Reference)
He is believed to have married a woman named Theano, having two children. ( Open Math Reference )
It's said that he was influenced by Thales, a Greek mathematician
It's also believed that he was influenced by Anaximander, a Greek philosopher.
(Open math reference and St. Andrews)
Pythagoras was believed to not have any occupation, other than spreading his teachings.
( Open Math Reference )
CONTRIBUTIONS TO MATH
Developed the Pythagorean Theorem, where the hypotenuse squared is equal to the
squares of the lengths of sides on a right angle, in right triangles only. (A2+B2=C2) (Pythagorean Theorem)
Constructed basics of Geometrical Algebra. (St. Andrews)
Discovered three of five basic geometric figures, knowing how to construct them. (St. Andrews)
INTERESTING EVENTS WITHIN HIS LIFESPAN
Pythagoras once went to Egypt, and spent a few good years there until the Persian army invaded Egypt
where he was taken prisoner. (St. Andrews).
Pythagoras is credited with building two schools, one in Samos, Greece, and one in Croatia, Italy. (Open Math Reference)
IMPORTANT HISTORICAL EVENTS IN HIS LIFE
Beginning of first Persian war.
Rome becomes a republic
Greece reforms it's democracy (Ehistory)
Stuck in Customs
"EHistory at OSU | Timelines." EHistory at OSU | Timelines. Ohio State University, 2013. Web. 18 Dec. 2013.
Pythagoras' Theorem." Pythagoras Theorem. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Dec. 2013.
"Pythagoras of Samos." Pythagoras Biography. University of St. Andrews, Jan. 1999. Web. 16 Dec. 2013.
"Biography of Pythagoras." Math Open Reference. Math Open Reference, 2009. Web. 17 Dec. 2013.
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