## Pythagoras: the Hero of Simplicity

Posted by Colin Ward on 6th Feb 2020

His name is synonymous with the theorem that underpins so much mathematics. And so much bad taste for maths, too. But on our Thankful Thursday, where we aim to pay tribute to the many founders of modern maths, we're going to look at something else he brought us.

The great Greek mathmatical wizard took his work very seriously. His school didn't just *like* or *enjoy* maths - they worshipped it. Having lived our entire lives as custodians of his work, some 2,500 years on, it is hard to imagine what maths was like before him.

But let's take a look.

**Tetractys: the number 10.**

Next time your parents or grandparents harp back to the *"good old days" *of imperial measures (where a pound cost a sheep, and a shilling was 3 pennies up a squirrel's bottom...) you might want to explain something. Imperial measurements were greatly PRE-dated by decimal.

(I wonder when and why this changed...must research this.)

**1 + 2 + 3 + 4 = 10**

**3 + 6 + 9 + 12 =**...yes...it adds up to

**30**.

Do you have your favourite mathematician on the past you are thankful for? Let us know and we'll consider them for a future *Thankful Thursday.*

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