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Re: It's all numbers
AmirZohar   7/23/2013 5:25:23 PM
Thank you, Ann. That's a good point. I didn't think of the multiple things Pythagoras could be related to. So it was a good teaser, I hope. 

In this case, we were all looking at the numbers for a long time, and there was no easy relationship that jumped out to point us in the right direction. Until this ancient formula cleared the fog...

Thanks for your comment.

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Ann R. Thryft   7/23/2013 3:29:03 PM
Thanks for a fun story. When I saw the headline I wondered if it was the old hypotenuse theorem that would be the subject. Pythagoras was a philosopher as well as a mathematician--it was easy to be both in the ancient world--and he is also known for other ideas. But this theorem was the first thing about mathematics I learned that made math seem powerful and almost mysterious, and I never forgot the rule.

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naperlou   7/23/2013 9:43:52 AM
Amir, that is an interesting problem and resolution.  It is interesting that anyone noticed. 


Pythagoras believed that everything is number.  It seems that we see that in many situations, like this one.  Yes, he would be smiling.

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