The Pythagorean Theorem was made known by Pythagoras. Pythagoras was born on the island Samos, Greece in 570B.C. His father’s name was Mnesarchus and his mother was Pythais. His father made sure that Pythagoras got the best possible education. Pythagoras’ first teacher was named Pherecydes. When Pythagorean turned 18 he went to the island of Lesbos in order to study with Anaximander, an astronomer and philosopher, and Thales of Miletus, a very wise philosopher and mathematician.
Thales persuaded Pythagoras to go to Egypt when he was 22. In Egypt, he learned many things from the priests. He learned geometry there and probably picked up the Pythagorean Theorem there too.
By the age of 55, he had returned to his home land and started a school, but because of the lack of students he moved to Croton. There he started a school that taught both Religion and Knowledge. It’s been heard that about 600 of the most able citizens were students. This included Theana, of whom Pythagoras married when he was 60.
Pythagoras was also head of a secret brotherhoood which worshiped numbers. These men attempted to find numerical explanations for everything. Pythagoras believed that all relationship were expanded number relationships. He died at the age of 99.
Although this theorem is called the Pythagorean Theorem it was known to many nationalities before Pythagoras’ time. For example, Egyptians use this theorem to build the pyramids. Another example, would be the Chinese. They give credit to Tschou-Gun who lived in 1100B.C. and knew all the characteristics of a right triangle. The Caldeans and the Babylonians also knew this theorem more than a thousand years before Pythagoras. A Pythagorean Theorem related problem was found in a Babylonian originated clay tablet.
Even thought there is proof to show that Pythagoras was not the first one to discover the Pythagorean Theorem, it is still named after him because he made it pop...