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Pythagoras’s Theorem As “Fake News” : NEP

Pythagoras’s Theorem As “Fake News” : NEP

A position paper by the Karnataka government on the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 has described Pythagoras’s theorem as “fake news”.

  • It has referred to a text called the Baudhayana Sulbasutra, in which a specific shloka refers to the theorem.

About Pythagoras:

  • Evidence suggests that the Greek philosopher (around 570–490 BC) did exist.
  • There is an element of mystery around him, largely because of the secretive nature of the school/society he founded in Italy.
  • Relatively little is known about his mathematical achievements, because there is nothing today of his own writings.

About Pythagoras Theorem:

  • The Pythagoras theorem describes the relationship connecting the three sides of a right triangle (one in which one of the angles is 90°).
  • a2 + b2 = c2
  • If any two sides of a right triangle are known, the theorem allows you to calculate the third side.