Pythagoras of Samos

By Charles JaDoul

Who is Pythagoras?

Pythagoras of Samos is often described as the first pure mathematician. He is an extremely important figure in the development of mathematics yet we know relatively little about his mathematical achievements.

Where is Pythagoras and when he was born?

Pythagoras (569-500 B.C.E.) was born on the island of Samos in Greece, and did much traveling through Egypt, learning, among other things, mathematics. He also died in 475 BC.

What did Pythagoras do

Pythagoras has commonly been given credit for discovering the Pythagorean theorem, a theorem in geometry that states that in a right-angled triangle the area of the square on the hypotenuse

What is a square root?

A square root is a number that produces a specified quantity when multiplied by itself.