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The Pythagorean Theorem and the Maya Long Count

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Author:Charles Wm. Johnson; Science in Ancient Artwork -
Description: Various essays dealing with the possible extension of the Pythagorean Theorem to the third power in relation to the mathematical and geometrical appearance of the Maya long count fractals within progressive series of right triangles. It would appear that the 3-4-5 right triangle, and its multiples and variations, may have served as a basis for the ancient reckoning system of Mesoamerica. Extending the Pythagorean Theorem to the cube produces the exact series of multiples within the Maya long count, something difficult to attribute to chance. Extract of paper included.

Levels: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)
Languages: English
Resource Types: Articles
Math Topics: Number Sense/About Numbers, Fractals, Triangles and Other Polygons, History and Biography

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