[LINK] {OT} Walk against War - sunday in sydney

Dean Povey povey@wedgetail.com
Mon, 24 Feb 2003 11:07:05 +1000


On Sun, 23 Feb 2003 11:14:30 +1100, Antony Barry wrote: 
>
>On Saturday, February 22, 2003, at 10:15 PM, Michael Still wrote:
>
>> According to the excellent "Fermat's Last Theorem" book on Andrew 
>> Wiles'
>> work, the Eygptions had an algorithm for the latout of fields, but 
>> didn't
>> really understand how it worked, whilst Pythagoras came up with a
>> generalised formula.
>
>The Babylonians had Pythagorean triplets on clay tablets  about 
>1800-165BC.  In China the Chou Pei Suan Ching (The arithmetical 
>classics of the Gnomon and the circular paths of heaven) stated the 
>Pythagorean theorem and predated Pythagorus by some centuries.
>
>George Gheverghese Joseph. "The crest of the peacock: non-European 
>roots of mathematics". Penguin, 1992.

Ah yes, but I am pretty sure Pythagoras was the first to prove it. Hence 
calling it Pythagoras' Theorem is correct.

Dean.