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Topic: History of Pythagorean Theorem
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John Harper

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Re: History of Pythagorean Theorem
Posted: Aug 20, 2007 11:11 PM
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On Mon, 20 Aug 2007, Cliff P. wrote:

> Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2007 22:37:39 EDT
> From: Cliff P. <discussions@MATHFORUM.ORG>
> To: MATH-HISTORY-LIST@ENTERPRISE.MAA.ORG
> Subject: History of Pythagorean Theorem
>
> The History of Pythagorean Theorem is interesting. Do you agree with the following?
>
> Although Pythagoras's most famous theorem, a^2 + b^2 = c^2 for a right
> triangle with legs a and b and hypotenuse c, may have been known to the
> Babylonians much earlier, it is likely that Pythagoras was among the
> first to prove it.


It may of course have been known to the Chinese pre-Pythagoras.

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