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Topic: wider cultural significance: ethnomathematics (FWD)
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Sherman Stein

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Registered: 12/3/04
Re: "Square of the Hypotenuse"
Posted: Nov 28, 2000 1:17 PM
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There is no evidence that Egypt had the Pythagorean theorem. See the
chapter on myths and their origins in my book, Strength in Numbers...S.
Stein

On Mon, 27 Nov 2000, Michael Wodzak wrote:

> At what point were 3-4-5 triangles known about??
>
> I thought (more than likely mistakenly) that the Egytians used these before the
> Pythagorean formula was completely understood.
>
> Of course, it would be hard to understand how the 3-4-5 triad was arrived at
> without the more general formula.
>
> Best,
>
> Michael
>






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