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3 Pythagoras quizzes and 20 Pythagoras trivia questions.
  Pythagoras...A Snowball's Chance    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Originally, I knew very little about the guy. Now that I do, here's hoping you'll have a snowball's chance of nailing this. It's tough!
Tough, 10 Qns, undudelike, Apr 19 11
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  The Pythagoreans    
Multiple Choice
 5 Qns
The following men of science and philosophy were either followers of Pythagoras, or were greatly influenced by his ideas. Below are some questions about their scientific ideas...enjoy!
Very Difficult, 5 Qns, thejazzkickazz, Apr 19 11
Very Difficult
thejazzkickazz gold member
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Multiple Choice
 5 Qns
Some questions about Pythagoras and his ideas. Have fun.
Difficult, 5 Qns, thejazzkickazz, Apr 19 11
thejazzkickazz gold member
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Pythagoras Trivia Questions

1. Pythagoras was the first Greek to realize the morning star and the evening star were both which planet?

From Quiz
Pythagoras...A Snowball's Chance

Answer: Venus

The Pythagoreans believed the planets were attached to crystalline spheres and each planet had it's own sphere. These spheres were centered on the Earth which also was in constant motion. Pythagoras initially developed this concept from Anaximander's theory of perfect circular motion.

2. Who was the first to publish a book on Pythagorean doctrine?

From Quiz The Pythagoreans

Answer: Philolaus

This work was used by Plato in his Timaeus and influenced Copernicus as well.

3. Of which island was Pythagoras a native?

From Quiz Pythagoras

Answer: Samos

Samos is an island in the eastern portion of the Aegean sea, near modern day Turkey.

4. While in orbit, the planets produced what, according to Pythagoras?

From Quiz Pythagoras...A Snowball's Chance

Answer: sound

Pythagoras propagated the idea that the Earth was not the center of the universe like Plato did, thus making it a planet that had an orbit like the others. The distance between the planets were mathematically proportionate, with some planets moving at faster speeds and others slower. The planets that moved slower produced lower pitches and the faster ones, a higher pitch. By doing so, each planet in its orbit creates its own note. This "note" coupled with the ratio of the distances of each orbit, make the resultant sound concordant. Remembering that numbers, the Pythagoreans said, caused this harmony, they positioned numbers as the primary principle on which the entire universe was based. The Pythagoreans named this numerical and acoustic coupling, the "harmony of the spheres."

5. Where did he settle in about 530 B.C.?

From Quiz Pythagoras

Answer: Croton

Croton was a Dorian Greek colony on the boot of Italy, known as 'Magna Graecia'.

6. What number symbolized the sum of all parts according to Pythagoras?

From Quiz Pythagoras...A Snowball's Chance

Answer: 10

According to Pythagoras "the number ten is the very nature of number." Even during Pythagoras' time counting to ten was commonly used, by Greeks and even barbarians (non-Greeks). The power of ten has unity even with the number four (the tetrad), because by adding the sum of 1+2+3+4 you equal the number ten. The number ten was known as the sum of all parts and showed that all things were complete. Pythagoras then divided the planets into ten spheres, each with concentric circles. These circles began at the center starting with the globe of divine fire. Next came the seven planets, then the earth, and the Antichthon which was never seen. This tenth "wandering" planet (Antichthon) was said to be a counter-Earth, allowing the solar system to have better balance as the planets orbited a "central" fire.

7. Which Pythagorean thinker held that the heart was the special seat of life based on its central placement in the circulatory system?

From Quiz The Pythagoreans

Answer: Empedocles

Unfortunately, of the published works of this great Greek statesman and philosopher we only have remaining several hundred lines of poetry. Fortunately, his ideas were carried down through the writings of others, for example Aristotle.

8. What word finishes the phrase supposedly coined by Pythagoras; "Reason is immortal, all else is _______"?

From Quiz Pythagoras...A Snowball's Chance

Answer: mortal

The noted Greek biographer and mathematician Diogenes Laertius, in his most noted work, "Lives of Eminent Philosophers," places his subjects in one of two divisions, the Ionic or the Italian schools. Pythagoras begins Laertius' order in the Italian school where his quote can be found there.

9. Which Pythagorean gave the first coherent account of the blood vessel system in our bodies?

From Quiz The Pythagoreans

Answer: Diogenes

Diogenes of Apollonia, Crete, was a 6th century scientist and philosopher who also spent time as a pupil of the great Anaximenes. Like his tutor, he believed that air was the primal element. His ideas were greatly influenced by Empedocles, a contemporary.

10. Which number was a perfect number, according to Pythagoras?

From Quiz Pythagoras

Answer: 10

Incidentally, this tradition of the perfect '10' has been carried down into the modern day. Perhaps our friend Pythagoras was on to something?

11. The 47th Problem of Euclid was better known from the illustration known as what?

From Quiz Pythagoras...A Snowball's Chance

Answer: The Bride's Chair

Known as the "foundation of Freemasonry" by many, the Bride's Chair is said to be illustration of proving the Pythagorean Theorum. Also known as Proof 1, it is the most famous of the Pythagorean propositions. It is the first of Euclid's two proofs.

12. According to Pythagoras, the numbers 1, 3, 6, 10, etc. were called what?

From Quiz Pythagoras

Answer: triangular

This can be explained by envisioning the numbers lined up, with 1 on the top row, 2 and 3 on the second row (creating a triangle at 3), 4, 5, 6 on the third row (another triangle) and 7, 8, 9 and 10 on the forth row...all creating triangular forms! Thank you...I hope you learned a little something about the man whose name is synonymous with a theorum!

13. According to Pythagoras, what number was the "number of reason?"

From Quiz Pythagoras...A Snowball's Chance

Answer: 1

To the Pythagoreans the number one represented the unity that underpinned the whole of creation. The number two was considered the "number of opinion" and was also considered the first female or even number. At the time, zero was not considered a number since it had no value. The number one was actually considered the Pythagoreans' first whole number.

14. Where in Italy did Pythagoras finally settle and do the majority of his work?

From Quiz Pythagoras...A Snowball's Chance

Answer: Croton

Pythagoras had many beliefs that were not widely accepted by all Pythagoreans. Around 480 BCE, the Pythagorean Society at Croton was attacked by another fellow Crotonian named Cylon. Pythagoras barely escaped and finally settled in Metapontium where it is said he died there, possibly from suicide.

15. Pythagoreans were as much into religion as they were their school of mathematics. What was one of the more unusual rules pertaining to their religion?

From Quiz Pythagoras...A Snowball's Chance

Answer: to abstain from beans

It was also against their religion to stir a fire with iron, to pick up anything which has fallen, or to look into a mirror beside a light. Supposedly, if you do gaze at a mirror as such, it will show you a very haunted version of your home. I found that choice morsel at I doubt if these beliefs all came from Pythagoras. I thought this was a hoot.

16. In what Greek island was Pythagoras born?

From Quiz Pythagoras...A Snowball's Chance

Answer: Samos

Supposedly after many problems in Samos he moved to Croton (Italy) where he felt safer and able to more easily continue his work. Other famous Samians include Epicurus as well as Aesop.

17. To whom was Pythagoras referring when he said, "There are men, and gods and beings like _______"?

From Quiz Pythagoras...A Snowball's Chance

Answer: Pythagoras

I suppose if one created his own religion and famous mathematical theorums, we too could be a little full of ourselves. Pythagoras propagated the idea that the Earth was not the center of the universe, thus making it a planet that had an orbit like the other planets. It is interesting to see as mystic side of Pythagoras coupled with a scientific one.

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