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Pythagoras of Samos

Greek, lived from around ~570 BC to around ~495 BC.[1] Born on the island of Samos, Greece.[2] Was a mathematician and philosopher.[1]

As one of the most influential ancient scholars, not much is known about his life. But it is known that he was a powerful public speaker and that he highly influenced Greek philosophy and inspired later ancient famous minds such as Plato and Aristotle. He believed in reincarnation ‘as a logical, mathematical necessity[2] and in the immortal soul. He most likely was a vegetarian who didn’t eat anything that could be considered having a soul.[2]

Bust of Pythagoras[3]

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References:

  1. Pythagoras’ (web page), John Page, Math Open Reference, 2011, www.mathopenref.com/pythagoras.html (accessed Oct. 4th, 2019)
  2. Pythagoras’ (encyclopedia), Joshua J. Mark, Ancient History Encyclopedia, 2019, www.ancient.eu/Pythagoras (accessed Jan. 16th, 2020)
  3. Pythagoras of Samos’ (bust/sculpture), Galilea, Capitoline Museums in Rome, Italy, photographed in 2005, www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pythagoras (accessed Jan. 16th, 2020)
  4. Pythagoras Biography’ (encyclopedia/dictionary), Encyclopedia of World Biography, 2010, www.notablebiographies.com/Pu-Ro/Pythagoras.html (accessed Oct. 4th, 2019)
  5. The Pythagorean Theorem’ (web page), Stephanie J. Morris, University of Georgia, Department of Mathematics Education, J. Wilson EMT 669, 1997, jwilson.coe.uga.edu/emt669/Student.Folders/Morris.Stephanie/EMT.669/Essay.1/Pythagorean.html (accessed Jan. 17th, 2020)