Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Another Oldie but Goodie

This is a clever proof of the Pythagorean Theorem, usually attributed to the Chinese. Where are the words, you ask? There aren’t any. That adds credibility to the belief that this argument originated in China. The pictograms of written Chinese are perfect for poetry, but not at all suited for longwinded mathematical proofs—witness that Chinese textbooks routinely break out the Latin characters for displaying equations.

Anyway—do you get it?

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