The guy who did, by pointing out the existence of irrational numbers as a logical consequence of Pythagoras' own rational theorem, angered Pythagoras and his posse, and got himself viciously killed by them.
So how do irrational numbers flow out of the Pythagorean theorem? Well, the awesome Vi Hart explains in her deliciously unique way in today's episode of the doodling in math series.
And if you're curious about some of the rules of the Pythagorean order, check these out:
- To abstain from beans
- Not to pick up what has fallen - sorry grandma!
- Not to touch a white cock - I guess once you go black... sorry, but isn't that racist :)
- Not to stir the fire with iron - being that iron is a metal, I'll let that slide
And if you want to inspire your friends, family, kids, students, co-workers, you can also show them how the late and beloved Jacob Bronowski explains the mathematical, philosophical and historical significance of this great discovery. Trust me, it's inspirational...