The Pythagoras theorem is studied by almost every high school or college student all over the world. We have used this theorem of squares of the lengths of sides of the right angled triangle in solving numerous problems in geometry for years.


Pythagoras lived from 570 to 495 BCE, i.e. for about 75 years.  Several scholars such as Albert Burk (1) and others say that Pythagoras visited and lived in India where he learned Indian Philosophy and Sciences.  Dr. Raj Vedam, in his talks (2) narrates the story of Pyathagoras’ visit to India.   Burk suggests that he learned in Sourthern India.  Raj Vedam postulates that Pythagoras could have studied at Kanchipuram.  Even though we are told that Kanchipuram was the capital of the Pallava Kingdom, its history is significantly older.


When Pythagoras returned to Greece, he was called a madman because he had become vegetarian!  His diet was predominantly based on nuts, corn and fruit.  He set up an education system based on the Gurukulam style of India.


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1 Talks on Maths in metrical form

2 A brief history of Indian Maths

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