Pythagoras of Samos and His Theorem

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Pythagoras of Samos and His Theorem Born on the Greek island of Samos around 570 BC, Pythagoras grew up and traveled widely before establishing a religious colony in Croton. His religious contributions and philosophy made more of an impact on his contemporaries than did his mathematical contributions. Yet, today he is remembered as the man behind the famous Pythagorean Theorem. This paper will examine both Pythagoras' life and his gift to math. Little is known of the historical Pythagoras. Ancient writers attempted to piece together the story of his life according to what his friends and followers had witnessed, but most tales of Pythagoras are embellished with exaggerations or fictitious heroics. The true story of Pythagoras is much less certain Pythagoras was motivated to teach temperance and moderation among other philosophic and religious doctrines. His followers participated in secret rites that remain unknown. This brotherhood, however, raised the ire of certain citizens of Croton, perhaps because of exclusion, and the building in which they celebrated their rates was burned to the ground. Thus, the Pythagoreans were persecuted. Nonetheless, the followers of Pythagoras continued to gather together and observe his doctrines. What happened to Pythagoras, though, is uncertain. According to some accounts, he died when their prayer hall was set on fire; by other accounts, he escaped Croton but later died of starvation in Metapontum. There are no surviving texts
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