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College Algebra
October 14, 2011
PYTHAGORAS (572-492 B.C.)

Pythagoras (572-492BC), a student of Thales, is now one ofthe most famous mathematicians of all time. According to David E. Smith. “Pythagoras said have discovered the fifth and the octave of anote that can be produced on the same string by stopping at 2/3 and 1/2 of its length, respectively.” He based his metaphysic andeverything in a number. He believed all universe was based in numbers; he thought that musical proportion governed the motion of the planets andthat “the heavenly bodies in their motion through space gave out harmonious sounds. He is perhaps best known for the theorem named in hishonor. I think he was really intelligent, but for me he was kind of crazy because no it is true that we need the number to do a lot ofthings, but he numbers are no everything; he sometimes compare them with god so I did not know him. The only thing I know, he was a genius.Pythagoras believed that the good life it he contemplative life, therefore, an odious sinful habit. Today that would be a goodlife-style, a contemplative life, because while you are expecting to learn always new you could succeed in the life.
For me all of thephilosophers left something new for us, and we choose how to use them. For example, the Pythagoras theorem is really usefull for us in geometry.
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