### 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.