
Re: History of Pythagorean Theorem
Posted:
Aug 20, 2007 11:11 PM


On Mon, 20 Aug 2007, Cliff P. wrote:
> Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2007 22:37:39 EDT > From: Cliff P. <discussions@MATHFORUM.ORG> > To: MATHHISTORYLIST@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 prePythagoras.
 John Harper, School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science, Victoria University, PO Box 600, Wellington 6140, New Zealand email john.harper@vuw.ac.nz phone (+64)(4)463 5341 fax (+64)(4)463 5045

