Wise man, this Pythagoras, methinks. Do you remember his theorem (in a right-angled triangle, the square of the hypotenuse is equal to the sum of the squares of the other two sides) from maths class. It is one of a very few things, from my long since passed schooldays, that is indelibly imprinted on my memory. Pythagoras may have been an early adopter of multi-tasking, because he was a philosopher as well as a mathematician. When I reflect on some of the utterances of the ancient Greek philosophers, I wonder is it too fanciful to suggest that, if they were transported to the 21st Ccentury, they could so easily turn their hands to knocking out rafts of intellectually stimulating self-help books?
If you are interested, here’s a sixty-second u-tube burst on the Pythagorean theorem.