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Pythagoras

We do not have any authentic depictions of Pythagoras, as he lived long before the advent of portraiture. Most images of Pythagoras that exist are artistic interpretations created many centuries later.

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Pythagoras was a famous mathematician known for his contributions in geometry and number theory. He is best known for the Pythagorean theorem, which states that in a right-angled triangle, the square of the length of the hypotenuse is equal to the sum of the squares of the other two sides. This theorem is widely used in mathematics and physics, even today.

Apart from the Pythagorean theorem, Pythagoras also made significant discoveries in music theory and astronomy. He believed in the mystical qualities of numbers and is credited with creating the concept of the 'music of the spheres,' which proposed that celestial bodies create a harmonious sound as they move through the universe.

Pythagoras founded a school in Croton, Italy, where he taught his mathematical and philosophical beliefs to his followers. His work laid the foundation for much of modern mathematics, and his legacy continues to inspire students and mathematicians around the world."

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