# Essay about The Genius that Was Pythagoras

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What makes a person considered a genius? All of our opinions are different on what we think a genius is. For example, Einstein and Mozart were both considered geniuses but Mozart's talent came naturally where as Einstein had mentors help him along the way. Pythagoras was known as the first pure mathematician. So was Pythagoras considered a genius? Pythagoras was most well-known for what we know today as the Pythagorean Theorem and also that the sum of all the angles in a triangle is equal to two right angles. This is my reasoning on why I think Pythagoras was not considered what we think a genius is. Pythagoras was born around 569 BC on the island of Samos, Greece. When he was older he went to Crotone and this is where Pythagoras founded…show more content…
These are some more things that Pythagoras was credited for: The sum of all the angles on a triangle is equal to two right angles, constructing figures of a given area and geometrical algebra, finding of irrational numbers, the five regular solids, and that Earth was a sphere in the middle of the Universe. So, by the information above you would probably think that Pythagoras was considered a genius. Plus some of the things he was credited for were very unlikely that he even did them. For example the five regular solids (Tetrahedron, Cube, Octahedron, Icosahedron, and Dodecahedron) that he was credited for he only knew how to construct the first 3 above and not the icosahedron and the dodecahedron. (Douglass) Also his discovery of irrational numbers was highly unlikely due to his philosophy of all things are numbers and numbers to Pythagoras were the ratio of two whole numbers. So overall , I think Pythagoras was a very intelligent man. Pythagoras had to be very bright to be the master of the Pythagorean School and have one of his students be Plato, a famous Greek philosopher. But was he a genius? I think the Pythagorean Theorem was a genius theory and the Babylonians in Mesopotamia who did the theory first should be considered geniuses, but not Pythagoras. I think this way mainly because