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Physics and the Pythagorean Theorem

  title={Physics and the Pythagorean Theorem},
  author={James Overduin and Richard B. C. Henry},
  journal={arXiv: History and Philosophy of Physics},
Pythagoras' theorem lies at the heart of physics as well as mathematics, yet its historical origins are obscure. We highlight a purely pictorial, gestalt-like proof that may have originated during the Zhou Dynasty. Generalizations of the Pythagorean theorem to three, four and more dimensions undergird fundamental laws including the energy-momentum relation of particle physics and the field equations of general relativity, and may hint at future unified theories. The intuitive, "pre-mathematical… 
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