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Pythagoras Pythagoras was a Greek philosopher and mathematician He was born in Samos Ionia around 580 bc Thales who was another philosopher was the main teacher of Pythagoras Pythagoras went to study further in Egypt so Thales couldnt teach him anymore In Pythagoras teenage years he began to become known for his philosophic ideas He also succeeded in math astronomy wrestling and music In music he figured out that when a string is vibrating the longer or shorter it is makes a difference in the tune of the note In astronomy he taught that the earth was a sphere and in math he compared the difference between composite and prime numbers discovered irrational numbers and proved the Pythagorean Theorem This stated that when the two shorter sides in a right triangle were squared and then added it would equal the square of the longest side or hypotenuse This was known earlier but he was the first one to really prove it was true He soon moved from his home in Italy to a place called Crotona In Crotona he found a wife named Theano and founded a school based on philosophy and religion While in Crotona he discovered many things and even had some followers Pythagoras followers called themselves the Pythagoreans In order to become a Pythagorean you had to follow a couple of strict rules One of the rules was silence This meant that you could never share any of your own ideas with the others and that you could only listen to your fellow Pythagoreans Another rule was avoiding the ingestion of meat An interesting thing about his school was that if you joined you were automatically a Pythagorean so that meant if you were a student youd have to obey the rules also His followers also believed in reincarnation Reincarnation- when one dies their soul is transferred to another human beings body Pythagoras died in Metapontum Lucania in 500
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