Pythagoras of Samos or Pythagoras Patel most commonly known as Pythagoras was said to be born on the island of Samos and lived around 580 B.C.E to around 500 B.C.E. Around 518 B.C.E, Pythagoras founded the school, Pythagorean School, of which its followers were called Pythagoreans or “mathematikoi” (Veljan, 2000). “The name of Pythagoras and his school is most commonly linked to the theorem establishing that the square on the hypotenuse of a right-angled triangle is equivalent to the sum of the squares on the other two sides” (Cuomo, 2008). This is known as the Pythagorean Theorem. “About 400 different proofs of the Pythagorean Theorem are known today” (Veljan, 2000). The simplest proof of the Pythagorean Theorem uses the Law of Cosines

Date

2009-07-29

Class / Instructor

MAC 1114 (Honors) / Piccolino

Subject

Pythagorean theorem -- History

Publisher

Palm Beach State College

Keywords

Pythagoras , Pythagorean Theorem, trigonometry, Law of Cosines.