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Pythagoras (flourished 6th century BC) – Greek mathematician
Pythagoras is, of course, renowned for his famous theorem which most schoolchildren find hard to prove, because it is so long. But he was much more than just a geometrician. He was a brilliant thinker who settled in the Greek colony of Croton in Italy in about 530 BC and there set up an academy for colleagues to come and consider abstract subjects, such as what happens to the spirit when the body dies.
Pythagoras was deeply interested in many scientific subj ects. He is said to have suggested that the earth moved round the sun, some 2,000 years before the Polish astronomer Copernicus (p. 122). He also demonstrated that tightening or slackening a piece of wire between two clamps varies the musical note it produces when it is plucked, and that by doing this at regular intervals, a harmonic scale is produced.