FC: Pythagoras: Seeking the Truth
1: Pythagoras was always looking for the truth, and he defined it in many ways and sought for it in many areas. Whether it was in mathematics, philosophy, science, art, or music, he was always looking for explanations to the unexplainable. It was this drive that lead him to his truths and many amazing discoveries; Of which many of them are still studied today.
2: Pythagoras was a pioneer in many different areas. He dove into the areas of philosophy, mathematics, religion, politics, science, and music. It is believed that he traveled far and wide in his first 20 years, and always had a teacher teaching him. Among these teachers was Pherecydes, who is believed to be the most influential teacher on him.
3: Pythagoras sought spiritual truth and decided to start his own religion. He gained many followers, and called his religion "Pythagoreanism". After, of course, himself. Though he did travel to Egypt a lot, his religion was not intertwined with Egyptian culture, but instead was based on philosophy. The society took an active role in the politics of Croton, but this eventually led to their downfall. The Pythagorean meeting-places were burned, and Pythagoras was forced to flee the city.
4: Pythagoras was very interested in music. He believed that music was closely related to mathematics. Today, we know this to be true, but back then, he was the first to pursue this truth. He is credited with a theory called "Harmony of the Spheres" which stated that planets and stars moved according to mathematical equations, which corresponded to musical notes and thus produced a symphony. He wrote down his findings of music and used them to teach his students.
5: Pythagoras may be most remembered for his contributions to mathematics, with one finding standing out. He is given credit for proving a theorem that is now called Pythagoreans Theorem. It was not first discovered when Pythagoras was around but it had never been proved. Once again, Pythagoras sought the truth, and eventually proved a theorem that every student that goes through school will study in depth. Pythagoras's drive to seek the truth lead him to many great discoveries in mathematics.
6: Pythagoras is also credited with devising the tetractys, the triangular figure of four rows, which add up to the perfect number, ten. As a mystical symbol, it was very important to the worship of the Pythagoreans. He used it in many oaths of his Pythagorean Religion. It is now known to be related to many other math concepts as well such as triangular numbers.
7: Pythagoras sought many of his truths while in the Greek colony of Croton in Italy. He was kicked out of Croton by the government, and ended his days in Metapontum. His contributions to math, religion, science, music, and philosophy all show his dedication to finding the truth throughout his life. His findings and ideas set the building blocks for Plato and Aristotle, and they give him credit for the foundation he built. Many of the truths he discovered are still studied today.