Pythagoras Theorem: A Politician’s Approach

The Pythagorean Theorem has been proved many times, and probably will be proven many more times. But only one proof was made by a United States President. Five years before James A Garfield was elected president, he came up with a proof that stands out for its simplicity and beauty.

Before President Garfield went into politics, he wanted to become a mathematics professor. He had a lively interest in math and studied even after he decided to run for Congress. One day, he was discussing mathematics with other members of the House of Representatives, and with a flash of thought, came up with a simple proof of the Pythagorean Theorem.

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