Reputations Die Hard
| Peter Klein |
This debunking of Pythagoras (via Lew Rockwell) reminded me of our recent attempt at Galileo revisionism. Apparently Pythagoras was a cult leader and political activist but not a serious mathematician or philosopher. He didn’t even discover the Pythagorean Theorem!
As debunker M. F. Burnyeat observes, “beloved historical traditions die hard.”