Pythagoras and His Contributions to the Math World Essay

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Pythagoras and His Contributions to the Math World

Although Pythagoras was not the best known Greek mathematician, he made many contributions to the way we use math today. Pythagoras is credited with inventing the Pythagorean theorem. He also founded the Pythagorean brotherhood. Pythagoras also invented a lot of number patterns. Plato and
Aristotle were influenced by Pythagoras's way of thinking. Also, he was a
Greek religious leader who made huge developments in math that may have changed the math world.
Pythagoras of Samos is often described as the first pure mathematician.
He is an extremely important figure in the development of modern mathematics yet we know relatively few facts of his life. We are not
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Pythagoras's mother was Pythais and she was a native of Samos.
Pythagoras took many trips in his life. His first came when he was only a child. He visited Italy with his father. In about 535 BC Pythagoras went to Egypt.
This happened a few years after the Tyrant Polycrates seized control of Samos.
There is evidence to suggest that Pythagoras and Polycrates were friends at first but when Polycrates abandoned his alliance with Egypt and attacked it, their friendship abruptly ended. Soon after Polycrates death, Pythagoras returned to
Samos. Pythagoras invented many theorems. Probably his most popular theorem is the Pythagorean Theorem. This is used for a right angled triangle.
This theorem enables you to find the length of the third side of a right triangle when only knowing the length of two sides. This is considered his most important contribution to math.
Pythagoras also invented the five regular solids. It is thought that
Pythagoras himself knew how to construct the first three but it is unlikely that he knew how to construct the other two. Pythagoras also founded a philosophical and religious school in Croton

(now Crotone, on the east of the heal of southern Italy) that had many followers.

Pythagoras was the head of the society with an inner circle of followers known as

mathematikoi. The mathematikoi lived permanently with the Society, had

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