- (Circa 580–500 bc), Greek philosopher; known as Pythagoras of Samos. Pythagoras sought to interpret the entire physical world in terms of numbers, and founded their systematic and mystical study; he is best known for the theorem of the right-angled triangle. His analysis of the courses of the sun, moon, and stars into circular motions was not set aside until the 17th century.
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- Simplicius credits the Pythagoreans as well as Plato with a theory composing bodies from plane surfaces.
- He mixed together in his works the arguments of Heracleitus, the Pythagoreans, and Socrates.
- On the other hand, no one earlier than Diogenes calls Alcmaeon a Pythagorean.
Pronunciation: /-ˌθagəˈriːən/adjective & noun
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