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# The Pythagorean Theorem

A 4,000-Year History

**Eli Maor**

- Paperback201017.9513.99ISBN9780691148236280 pp.6 1/8 x 9 1/48 color illus. 141 line illus. 2 tables.

By any measure, the Pythagorean theorem is the most famous statement in all of mathematics. In this book, Eli Maor reveals the full story of this ubiquitous geometric theorem. Maor shows that the theorem, although attributed to Pythagoras, was known to the Babylonians more than a thousand years earlier. Pythagoras may have been the first to prove it, but his proof--if indeed he had one--is lost to us. The theorem itself, however, is central to almost every branch of science, pure or applied. Maor brings to life many of the characters that played a role in the development of the Pythagorean theorem, providing a fascinating backdrop to perhaps our oldest enduring mathematical legacy.

**Eli Maor** is the author of *Venus in Transit*, *Trigonometric Delights, To Infinity and Beyond*, and *e: The Story of a Number* (all Princeton). He teaches the history of mathematics at Loyola University in Chicago and at the Graham School of General Education at the University of Chicago.

## More about this book

- Honorable Mention for the 2007 Best Professional/Scholarly Book in Mathematics, Association of American Publishers

## Reviews

**--Ben Longstaff,**

*New Scientist**The Pythagorean Theorem*] is aimed at the reader with an interest in the history of mathematics. It should also appeal to most well-educated people...It is a story based on a theme and guided by a timeline...As a popular account of important ideas and their development, the book should be read by anyone with a good education. It deserves to succeed."

**--Peter M. Neumann,**

*Times Higher Education Supplement**e*, and trigonometry, Maor offers this new work as a comprehensive overview of the Pythagorean Theorem...If one has never read a book by Eli Maor, this book is a great place to start."

**--J. Johnson,**

*Choice***--Amy Shell-Gellasch,**

*MAA Reviews***--Michael C. Fish,**

*Mathematics Teacher***--James J. Tattersull,**

*Mathematical Reviews***--Eric S. Rosenthal,**

*Mathematics Magazine***--Kuldeep,**

*Mathematics and My Diary***--Francis A, Grabowski,**

*European Legacy**The Pythagorean Theorem*is rich in information, careful in its presentation, and at times personal in its approach. . . . The variety of its topics and the engaging way they are presented make

*The Pythagorean Theorem*a pleasure to read."

**--Cecil Rousseau,**

*College Math Journal*## Endorsements

**—Dava Sobel, author of**

*Longitude***—David H. Levy, National Sharing the Sky Foundation**

**—Paul J. Nahin, author of**

*Chases and Escapes*and*Dr. Euler's Fabulous Formula***—Robert W. Langer, Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire**

## Other Books Written by this Author(s)

- Eli Maor

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