No matter if one is enthusiast or not about mathematics, people need to know some of the basics when it comes to this subject mainly because they can be used on a daily basis. The use of mathematics beyond arithmetic in daily life can be somehow difficult to understand at a young age and this is why many people do not actually like. Not being able to see the purpose of this subject is what keeps most students away from continuing studying exact sciences. But as we said above, no matter whether you are a passionate or not when it comes to this subject you need to and probably will know most of the basics when it comes to it and Pythagoras’ work is a great deal in mathematics. This article is about Pythagoras and the way in which he influenced mathematics and what we now study in school, so keep on reading and find out everything there is to know about this great mathematician.
Pythagoras, or Pythagoras of Samos on his whole name, is one of the best known Greek mathematicians of all times. He was also an important philosopher and the one who founded the religious movement known as Pythagoreanism. His life is still a subject of controversy as well as much of his work since the information available about this great Greek personality was written down few centuries after he lived. He is thought to have been born in the island of Samos in Greece and to have moved in Egypt and afterwards in southern Italy. Moreover, some claim that he died in Metapontum, Greece.
One of the best known mathematical achievements of Pythagoras is the Pythagorean Theorem. Pythagoras has developed this theorem around the 4th century AD which states that the square of the hypotenuse is equal to the sum of the squares of the other two sides, all in a right-angle triangle. Although everyone knows this theorem, specialists consider its attribution to Pythagoras a subject matter of discussion. It is now known that this theorem was previously used by Indians and Babylonians but it carries Pythagoras name only because he and his students provided the first proof of it being true. Some even claim that the proof of the theorem may have been developed by one of his students but who has attributed his work to his teacher according to the practices used in his school.
To conclude, regardless of the controversy around Pythagoras’ work there is no doubt that he is a great name in mathematics and philosophy and that his name will remain known forever. His work has not only influenced the way we see geometry but also how we work with numbers.