[pi-thag-er-uh s]


c582–c500 b.c., Greek philosopher, mathematician, and religious reformer. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • He seems to have a leaning for metempsychosis and the doctrines of Pythagoras.

  • There were thirty-five ships from Peloponnesus, with the Lacedaemonian admiral Pythagoras on board.



  • Pythagoras is said to have discovered the theory of proportionals or proportion.

  • Even in the days of Pythagoras lectures were closed by music.

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  • Pythagoras, though not a Spartan, is associated with southern Greece.

British Dictionary definitions for pythagoras




?580–?500 bc, Greek philosopher and mathematician. He founded a religious brotherhood, which followed a life of strict asceticism and greatly influenced the development of mathematics and its application to music and astronomy




a deep crater in the NE quadrant of the moon, 136 kilometres in diameter
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pythagoras in Science


[pĭ-thăgər-əs]580?-500? bce

Greek philosopher and mathematician who theorized that numbers constitute the essence of all natural things. He developed the Pythagorean theorem and was one of the first to apply mathematical order to observations of the stars.
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