Three things your teacher never taught you about Pythagoras.
1. Pythagoras was taught his theory it wasn't his.
2 Pythagoras was a cult leader.
3 Pythagoras was a murderer.
Pythagoras is boring, its one of the most boring things you are made to learn in school.
The thing is, in school they lie to you and tell you he invented the triangle, i have no idea at all why maths teachers who are meant to be clever, don't ever mention this? they are either all in it together like a cult , or not as clever as they would think they are.
Well it turns out Pythagoras did actually have a cult, around 500 BCE he founded a religion called Pythagoreanism where he and his disciples believed everything in the universe was expressible by rational numbers.
-Rational numbers are numbers that can be expressed as the ratio of two whole numbers
So some of you may be thinking, wow thats amazing, i understand numbers do make up an answer for the universe and it sounds lovely. But no, like all cults 'Pythagoreanism' had a dark sinister side.
Hippasus was an excellent mathematician, maybe to good. As a
signed up member of the Pythagoreanism cult he and his buddies did maths all day long, until one day he discovered that a pentagram actually contained the golden ratio, 1.61803, of which Fibonacci coined in the 12th century bce.
So Hippasus, who actually came up with his own theory unlike Pythagoras who was taught his.
So the story goes, Hippasus, Pythagoras and some of the other
cult members were hanging out drinking on a boat one day, looking for rational numbers in the waves of the sea. Hippasus declared that the waves in the sea were infact not rational numbers at all, but indeed what we know as Fibonacci numbers which explained nature more accurately. A large drunken row ensued, Hippasus declared he was right and the cult of Pythagoreanism was actually floored and further more, he was going to destroy the cult.
And heres where we have to unassociate what we think we know about Pythagoras... The cult leader got real, real mad, they had a fight and Pythagoras tipped him over straight over the side, and left him to drown. To cover the dark deed he swore the rest of the cult to secrecy.
Pythagoras (570 – 495 BCE)
Pythagoras is in the top 5 most famous Greek people ever and top 10 most famous people throughout history.
Pythagoras in 2 minutes 2
Pythagoras was a bit of a cheat and from what we understand today, cheated history in consequential retrospect. As the reader you can make your own mind up, if he intentionally mislead the record and said it was all his own work, or just the fortune of a good write up that got Exponentiated as neither have validated documented evidence and thus form a large ginormous hole in the things we think we know. .
Carl Sagan - Pythagoras and Plato
|Born: Samos, Greece|
|Died: Metapontum, Italy|