He was likely born c. He is rarely mentioned by name by other Greek mathematicians from Archimedes c.
The underlying question is why Euclid did not use this proof, but invented another. One conjecture is that the proof by similar triangles involved a theory of proportions, a topic not discussed until later in the Elements, and that the theory of proportions needed further development at that time.
The large square is divided into a left and right rectangle. A triangle is constructed that has half the area of the left rectangle.
Then another triangle is constructed that has half the area of the square on the left-most side. These two triangles are shown to be congruentproving this square has the same area as the left rectangle. This argument is followed by a similar version for the right rectangle and the remaining square.
Putting the two rectangles together to reform the square on the hypotenuse, its area is the same as the sum of the area of the other two squares.
Let A, B, C be the vertices of a right triangle, with a right angle at A. Drop a perpendicular from A to the side opposite the hypotenuse in the square on the hypotenuse. That line divides the square on the hypotenuse into two rectangles, each having the same area as one of the two squares on the legs.
For the formal proof, we require four elementary lemmata: If two triangles have two sides of the one equal to two sides of the other, each to each, and the angles included by those sides equal, then the triangles are congruent side-angle-side.
The area of a triangle is half the area of any parallelogram on the same base and having the same altitude. The area of a rectangle is equal to the product of two adjacent sides. The area of a square is equal to the product of two of its sides follows from 3.
Next, each top square is related to a triangle congruent with another triangle related in turn to one of two rectangles making up the lower square. The construction of squares requires the immediately preceding theorems in Euclid, and depends upon the parallel postulate.
Similarly for B, A, and H. The triangles are shown in two arrangements, the first of which leaves two squares a2 and b2 uncovered, the second of which leaves square c2 uncovered.
A second proof by rearrangement is given by the middle animation. A large square is formed with area c2, from four identical right triangles with sides a, b and c, fitted around a small central square.
Then two rectangles are formed with sides a and b by moving the triangles. Combining the smaller square with these rectangles produces two squares of areas a2 and b2, which must have the same area as the initial large square.
The upper two squares are divided as shown by the blue and green shading, into pieces that when rearranged can be made to fit in the lower square on the hypotenuse — or conversely the large square can be divided as shown into pieces that fill the other two.
This way of cutting one figure into pieces and rearranging them to get another figure is called dissection. This shows the area of the large square equals that of the two smaller ones. In Einstein's proof, the shape that includes the hypotenuse is the right triangle itself.
The dissection consists of dropping a perpendicular from the vertex of the right angle of the triangle to the hypotenuse, thus splitting the whole triangle into two parts. Those two parts have the same shape as the original right triangle, and have the legs of the original triangle as their hypotenuses, and the sum of their areas is that of the original triangle.
Because the ratio of the area of a right triangle to the square of its hypotenuse is the same for similar triangles, the relationship between the areas of the three triangles holds for the squares of the sides of the large triangle as well.
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