> 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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