The Pythagorean Theorem
is one of Euclidean Geometry's most beautiful theorems. It is simple,
yet obscure, and is used continuously in mathematics and physics. Evidence
of the theorem can be traced far back into Egyptian history with the
help of the Rhind Papyrus (1788-1580 BC).
The history of the
theorem and its proofs is a fascinating journey, and this activity
gives you the opportunity to do some discovering yourself. A good idea is to
search the Internet. But here are some possible starting points. Look
out for different proofs of the Pythagorean Theorem and the story of
Pythagoras himself. |