## Pythagoras and Early Greek Mathematics

Pythagoras was born about 560 BCDied: about 480 BC, Ionia Greece

*Notable Quotes*: "Number rules the universe."

"There is geometry in the humming of the strings."

**MacTutor Biography of Pythagoras**

http://www-history.mcs.st-and.ac.uk/Biographies/Pythagoras.html

http://www-history.mcs.st-and.ac.uk/Indexes/Greeks.html

History of Pythagorean Society http://history.hanover.edu/texts/presoc/pythagor.htm

Biography written for upper elementary included in AIMS preview of Historical Connections in Mathematics:http://wwws.aimsedu.org/previews/bkprev/HistConn1.html

Activities and problem solving from Historical Connections in Mathematics (click on the preview from AIMS site)

Pythagorean Theorum Proof http://mathforum.org/isaac/problems/pythagthm.html

More Pythagorean proofs http://www.cut-the-knot.org/pythagoras/index.shtml

Interactive Theorum Proof This site has a very good step by step demonstration of a proof of the Pythagorean Theorem, a2 + b2 = c2

A Collection of Essays and Lessons for Jr /Sr High School http://www.mathgym.com.au/history/pythagoras/pyth.htm

Pythagoras' Mystery Tablet http://mathforum.org/escotpow/solutions/solution.ehtml?puzzle=46http://www.shodor.org/interactivate/activities/pyth2/index.html

Music in Space http://www.aboutscotland.com/harmony/prop.html

The Magic of Pythagoras in an Unknown Rectangle http://168.144.111.81/shape_space/magicofpythagoras.htm

First known ancient to study and develop mathematics as an abstract art. Considered the originator of number theory.