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Quiz about The Pythagoreans
Quiz about The Pythagoreans

The Pythagoreans Trivia Quiz


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!

A multiple-choice quiz by thejazzkickazz. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Time
5 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
25,083
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
5
Difficulty
Very Difficult
Avg Score
2 / 5
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Question 1 of 5
1. Who was the first to publish a book on Pythagorean doctrine? Hint


Question 2 of 5
2. He was an artist who delved into the realm of living things. He discovered the nerves that direct impulses from the brain to the eye and the Eustachian tubes. He also began the practice of scientific dissection from whence the above-mentioned discoveries came. Who was this Pythagorean disciple? Hint


Question 3 of 5
3. Which Pythagorean thinker held that the heart was the special seat of life based on its central placement in the circulatory system? Hint


Question 4 of 5
4. Which Pythagorean gave the first coherent account of the blood vessel system in our bodies? Hint


Question 5 of 5
5. Empedocles came up with which of the following ideas? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Who was the first to publish a book on Pythagorean doctrine?

Answer: Philolaus

This work was used by Plato in his Timaeus and influenced Copernicus as well.
2. He was an artist who delved into the realm of living things. He discovered the nerves that direct impulses from the brain to the eye and the Eustachian tubes. He also began the practice of scientific dissection from whence the above-mentioned discoveries came. Who was this Pythagorean disciple?

Answer: Alcmaeon

Alcmaeon of Croton appears in Plato and Aristotle's writings, and fragments of his published works still remain extant. A true Renaissance man, he was also the founder of empirical psychology.
3. Which Pythagorean thinker held that the heart was the special seat of life based on its central placement in the circulatory system?

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

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.
5. Empedocles came up with which of the following ideas?

Answer: Four Elements

The four elements were, of course, fire, water, earth and air! Thank you for attempting this quiz, I hope you enjoyed it. For more, try my other quizzes on ancient scientists.
Source: Author thejazzkickazz

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