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James Garfield and Pythagoras
Posted: Nov 26, 1996 10:56 AM
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When I studied geometry in prep school back in the early 1960's the
teacher showed us a proof of the Pythagorean theorem that had been
divised by James A. Garfield, later President of the United States, as a
young man. It was a particularly elegant proof--far more elegant than
Pythagoras's own.

Naturally, I can't remember it and have been unable to find it. Would
anyone know of this proof and when and where Garfield devised it?

I'm a historian, not a mathematician, but I need this for a piece I'm

Many thanks.

John Steele Gordon

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