Facts about Pythagoras

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The Greek philosopher, mathematician, and religious leader Pythagoras is famous for his contributions to the learned world. In fact, he is often considered the first ‘œpure mathematician’ and believed the physical world could be explained through mathematics. Here are some interesting facts about the man.

Fact 1: Pythagoras was born in 575 B.C on the island of Samos.

Fact 2: Pythagoras created a religious sect that believed in the transmigration of the soul.

Fact 3: Pythagoras traveled to Ancient Egypt, where he studied with the temple priests.

Fact 4: When Persia invaded Egypt, Pythagoras was taken as prisoner to Babylon where he continued to study with temple priests.

Fact 5: There are no surviving texts written by Pythagoras.

Fact 6: Pythagoras is said to have had synesthesia, a condition that allows an individual to see music, hear colors and have experiences where shapes and words are associated with unrelated concepts.

Fact 7: Pythagoras established the Pythagorean Theorem, which states that in any right-angled triangle, the area of the square who side is the hypotenuse is equal to the sum of the areas of the squares whose sides are the two legs.

Fact 8: Pythagoras formed a secret society knows as the ‘œBrotherhood of Pythagoreans’, whose motto was ‘œall is number’ and who believed the triangle to be a magical shape.

Fact 9: His follower included both men and women who were vegetarians and who owned no personal possessions.

Fact 10: Pythagoras was a great influence on Plato.

Fact 11: Pythagoras knew the Earth was round.

Fact 12: He played the lyre.

Fact 13: Milo of Corton, a famous Olympian at the time, saved Pythagora’s life by holding up a collapsing roof so the philosopher could escape unharmed.

Fact 14: Pythagoras died sometime between 500 and 475 BC in Metapontum, Italy.

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