Pythagoras looked down from the boat with an evil smile as Hippasus gasped for his final breath and finally drowned.
Doesn't that sound like a gripping opening scene on Netflix?
If your response is IDEK 😏( I don't even know!), then you probably don't like shows similar to Narcos. But if you exclaimed IKR( I know, right!), then this is your kinda jam!
Either way, the name surely took you back to school. The fact of the matter is that your teacher barely scratched the surface about this quirky philosopher. Here's why he deserves his own Netflix show:
- He believed that irrational numbers did not exist and allegedly drowned a fellow philosopher who spoke about square root of 2, an irrational number. Guess the root of evil in the case of Pythagoras was root 2.
- Pythagoras was born in Greece in 570 BCE and moved to Italy in 532 BCE for the same reasons most people do: to enjoy the sunny weather, soak in the Italian vistas and start a cult!
- Coming back to the ultimate legacy of Pythagoras--The Pythagorean Theorem. This theorem is fundamental in Euclidean Geometry, connecting the hypotenuse with the remaining two sides of the right-angled triangle. Let's unpack this theorem in language.
We assign the value 'c' to the longest side, or hypotenuse, of a right-angled triangle. We assign the values 'a' and 'b' to the remaining sides
For any right-angled triangle labeled this way a2 + b2 = c2.
Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.
Believe it or not, the theorem can be proven in nearly 120 ways! For the geeks, the link is referenced at the bottom. If you've gotten this far and are still not surprised, here are a few more sizzling facts.