Monday, January 23, 2006

Lifetime love affair with Pythagoras


The first time the beauty of the theorem hits you is when you realize that it is not just possible, but necessary for the third side to be a perfect whole number 5 if the other two are merely perpendicular and 3 and 4 in lenghts. The operative word here is merely.

In a world where options run out before you can say Hello, it was extraordinarily mindboggling to discover that nature had allowed this sort of perfect symmetry, the epitome of a serendipitous beauty to exist.

It is not just proofs and corollaries, which are a wonder in themselves. Check out the simple and engaging first one on this list.

It is equally the sheer magic of 3x, 4x and 5x wheeling around in mathematical precision for all eternity. Imagine that!

Read another besotted saint here.

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