Pythagoras was an extremely important mathematician in history.
He is called the first pure mathematician by many.
Unfortunately, we know relatively little about his mathematical achievements.
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History There is a lot of debate whether the theorem was discovered once or many times. Many believe that the theorem was known to the Babylonians 1000 years previous to Pythagoras but he may have been the first to prove it. Return to Pythagoras Menu
~In the Wizard of Oz when the scarecrow gets his diploma from the wizard he immediately shows off his knowledge by exclaiming an incorrect version of the formula, "The sum of the square roots of any two sides of an isosceles triangle is equal to the square root of the remaining side. Oh, joy, oh, rapture. I've got a brain!"
~In an episode of the Simpson's, Homer quotes the scarecrow’s version of the theorem A man nearby then yells out, "That's a right triangle, you idiot!" (although that still doesn’t completely correct the scarecrows version)