Pythagoras is immortally linked to the discovery and proof of a theorem that bears his name – even though there is no evidence of his discovering and/or proving the theorem. There is concrete evidence that the Pythagorean Theorem was discovered and proven by Babylonian mathematicians years before Pythagoras was by: 1. References Amir D. Aczel, Fermat's Last Theorem: Unlocking the Secret of Ancient Mathematical Problem, Four Walls Eight Windows, New York, October (a delightful book!) E. Kwan Choi, "Fermat's Last Theorem—Was It a Right Question?", October Alex Lopez-Ortiz, Fermat's Last Theorem, Febru MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive, Fermat's Last Theorem. Figure 1 shows one of the simplest proofs of the Pythagorean Theorem. It is also perhaps the earliest recorded proof, known to ancient Chinese, as evidenced by its appearance in the classical Chinese text Zhoubi Suanjing (compiled in the first centuries BC and AD).However, the Pythagorean theorem was known long before this— in addition to the Greeks, the Babylonian, Chinese, and Indian. The History of Mathematics: An Introduction, Seventh Edition, is written for the one- or two-semester math history course taken by juniors or seniors, and covers the history behind the topics typically covered in an undergraduate math curriculum or in elementary schools or high schools.

According to a new interpretation of a 3,year-old clay tablet, the ancient Babylonians may have developed the first inklings of trigonometry more than a thousand years before Pythagoras, the namesake of the Pythagorean Theorem, or Hipparchus, considered the father of trigonometry. This fresh examination of the tablet—known as Plimpton (P)—by scholars at the University of New. Plimpton , a year old Babylonian tablet held in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Columbia University in New York. The name is derived from Pythagoras’ theorem of right-angle triangles which states that the square of the hypotenuse (the diagonal side opposite the right angle) is the sum of the squares of the other two sides. Babylonian Theorem BC. The Babylonian people had clay tablets with something like the pythagorean theorem marked on them. Egyption Rope Method BC - BC. Some historians believe Egyptian “rope stretchers”used the Converse of the Pythagorean Theorem to help reestablish land boundaries after the yearly flooding of the Nile and. The Pythagorean theorem states that the square of the hypotenuse of a right triangle is equal to the sum of the squares of the other two sides. It can be written as an equation, a 2 + b 2 = c 2,. where c is the length of the hypotenuse, and a and b are the lengths of the other two sides.. The theorem, which appears in Euclid Book I Proposit has been called by Jacob Bronowski the most.

Thales of Miletus (/ ˈ θ eɪ l iː z /; Greek: Θαλῆς (ὁ Μιλήσιος), Thalēs, THAY-lees or TAH-lays; c. / – c. / BC) was a Greek mathematician, astronomer and pre-Socratic philosopher from Miletus in Ionia, Asia was one of the Seven Sages of , most notably Aristotle, regarded him as the first philosopher in the Greek tradition, and he is Born: c. BCBC, Miletus, Ionia, Asia Minor. Not by Babylonian standards Very much like today, the Old Babylonians—20th to 16th centuries BC—had the need to understand and use what is now called the Pythagoras’ (or Pythagorean) theorem. They applied it in very practical problems such as to determine how the height of a cane leaning against a wall changes with its inclination. Babylonian mathematics (also known as Assyro-Babylonian mathematics) was any mathematics developed or practiced by the people of Mesopotamia, from the . One of the more clear extant proofs of the knowledge of Pythagoras' theorem by the ancient Mesopotamians is the clay tablet YBC (Yale Babylonian Collection). We can see in the tablet a square in which the two diagonals are drawn and three numbers are the clues to understand this representation. First of all, next to one of the.