## Pythagoras

[pi t̸hag**′**ə rəs]

6th cent. ; Gr. philosopher & mathematician, born on Samos

*Related Forms:*

- Pythagorean
adjective

,noun

## Pythagoras

fl. sixth century BC.

Greek philosopher who founded a school in southern Italy that sought to discover the mathematical principles of reality through the study of musical harmony and geometry. The Pythagorean theorem is ascribed to him.