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Was Pythagoras Chinese?: An Examination of Right Triangle Theory in Ancient China
by Frank J. Swetz (Goodreads Author)
The title of this monograph, while intended to intrigue and attract the otherwise unresponsive reader, is not whimsically conceived. Of course, the historical figure of mathematical fame known as Pythagoras, born on the island of Samos in the 6th century B.C., was Greek, not Chinese. But there is another "Pythagoras" equally deserving fame. He is the man who first proved ...more
Paperback, 108 pages
Published October 12th 2001 by Penn State University Press
(first published January 1st 1977)
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For most of my life, I have taught mathematics. This task has spanned audiences from young preschool children to graduate teachers and involved cultural and social settings from the inner city schools of New York to those of several developing countries of Southeast Asia. In all these ventures, I have been troubled by the perceived difficulties people associate with the learning and teaching of ...moreMore about Frank J. Swetz...