Pythagorean Theorem Legend
Date: 01/31/2009 at 11:45:45 From: Ethan Subject: pythagorean theorem Is there a Sioux Indian legend that refers to the Pythagorean Theorem? The only thing we could find is the application of the formula with building teepees.
Date: 01/31/2009 at 17:12:18 From: Doctor Greenie Subject: Re: pythagorean theorem Hi, Ethan -- Not a real Sioux legend--just a nice pun (if you like puns....) The story goes that a Sioux chief had a son who needed a wife, and three men in the tribe offered their daughters, along with dowry offers for the chief. One dowry offer was for 20 beaver skins; they were soft and luxurious. Another dowry offer was for 10 buffalo hides; they had many uses because of their toughness. The third dowry offer, however, was for a single hippopotamus hide, which was rough and scratchy and, because of its extreme toughness, of no practical use. But the daughters being offered with the first two dowries were rather plain, while the daughter being offered with the third dowry was quite attractive. So the chief accepted the third dowry, proclaiming "The squaw of the hippopotamus is equal to the sum of the squaws of the other two hides" :^) or maybe your opinion is :( - Doctor Greenie, The Math Forum http://mathforum.org/dr.math/
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