Pythagoras' Visit

Stop by for a meet and greet with Pythagoras...

An autobiography of Pythagoras

Pythagoras will be visiting the Sayreville Middle School students to take them on a journey of his life through Greece and Italy. He will be talking about the Pythagorean Theorem and will talk about Math in the years of 500 B.C.

Meet and Greet Pythagoras

Thursday, June 20th 2013 at 3pm

800 Washington Road


  1. All things are numbers. Mathematics is the basis for everything, and geometry is the highest form of mathematical studies. The physical world can understood through mathematics.
  2. The soul resides in the brain, and is immortal. It moves from one being to another, sometimes from a human into an animal, through a series of reincarnations called transmigration until it becomes pure. Pythagoras believed that both mathematics and music could purify.
  3. Numbers have personalities, characteristics, strengths and weaknesses.

8:30-9:30 Introduction and Autobiography

9:30-10:00 The sum of the angles of a triangle is equal to two right angles.

10:00-10:30 The theorem of Pythagoras - for a right-angled triangle the square on the hypotenuse is equal to the sum of the squares on the other two sides. The Babylonians understood this 1000 years earlier, but Pythagoras proved it.

10:30-11:00 Break

11:00-11:30 Constructing figures of a given area and geometrical algebra. For example they solved various equations by geometrical means

11:30-12:00 The discovery of irrational numbers is attributed to the Pythagoreans, but seems unlikely to have been the idea of Pythagoras because it does not align with his philosophy the all things are numbers, since number to him meant the ratio of two whole numbers.

12:00-1:00 Lunch

2:00-3:00 Questions and Answes

Pythagorean Theorem/Equation