Pythagoras did not discover the ‘famous’ theorem: A recent discovery suggests that the ‘Pythagoras Theorem’ may be the world’s oldest known case of plagiarism. The ancient Greek philosopher Pythagoras, born in 570 BC, is credited with creating the theorem that is used to find the missing side of a right triangle.
Who made this new discovery?: According to the DailyMail report, mathematician Bruce Ratner has discovered an ancient Babylonian tablet on which the concept of the ‘famous’ theorem is engraved. This clay tablet is said to be one thousand years before the birth of Pythagoras. The proof of the theorem was translated from a clay tablet called YBC 7289, made between 1800 and 1600 BC, which used the principles of the Pythagorean theorem to find the length of a diagonal inside a rectangle. Is. This revelation of his is surprising.
Let us tell you that Ratner is a PhD degree holder in Mathematical Statistics and Probability from Rutgers University.
Pythagoras did not discover the theorem
Experts believe that Pythagoras did not discover the theorem. They may have just ‘heard about it by word of mouth’ and popularized it, but also made it their own. Legend has it that Pythagoras discovered ‘his theorem’ in a palace hall. For this he studied square stone tiles and drew a picture of a right angle triangle inside the tiling.
He believed that the area of the squares on the length of the sides was equal to that of the square on the hypotenuse. From this observation, he believed that the same would be true for right triangles with unequal side lengths. Shortly thereafter, he arrived at the proof of his theorem by the deductive method.
What did Ratner say about the theorem?
Ratner wrote, ‘A tablet made not of Portland cement, but of clay, is solid evidence that the Pythagorean Theorem was discovered and proven by a Babylonian mathematician 1,000 years before the birth of the Greek philosopher Pythagoras.’ Ratner published his study in 2009 in the Journal of Targeting, Measurement and Analysis for Marketing.