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"Discovering" the Pythagorean theorem
Posted:
Jun 21, 1993 11:03 AM


Here's a geometry query that came up in conversation tonite How can you "discover" the Pythagorean theorem? In other words, what is a realistic (not cooked up, like one of the not so obvious dissections) way to really discover the Pythagorean theorem? How or why might have it been discovered historically (since its knowledge seems to go back to oldest recorded history in many cultures).



