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A Proof of the Pythagorean Theorem by Liu Hui (third century A.D.)

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Author:Donald B. Wagner
Description: Web version of an article which appeared in Historia mathematica, 1985, 12, pp. 71-3. Includes Chinese characters, which were not in the published version. Some statements here are no longer up to date, but the article has not been significantly modified. Includes the introduction of the Pythagorean Theorem from the first three problems of the Jiuzhang suanshu (Arithmetic in nine chapters), followed by Liu Hui's proof, with two possible reconstructions of the accompanying diagram, and notes and references.

Levels: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College
Languages: English
Resource Types: Articles
Math Topics: Triangles and Other Polygons

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