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Stonehenge secret: Have the builders use the theorem of Pythagoras 2000 years before the philosopher lived?

File photo – A sprinkler to water the grass around the ancient site of Stonehenge, in southern England, April 30, 2011.

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The famous ancient site at Stonehenge may have been built with the help of the Greek philosopher Pythagoras’ famous theorem for two millennia before the mathematical equation is developed, experts say.

A new book with the title “Megalith: Studies in Stone,” argues that the same geometric principles that framed Pythagoras’ famous work can be found at the prehistoric site. The publication of the book coincides with the Thursday of the summer solstice, which is closely associated with Stonehenge.

The World Heritage site is known for her alignment with the movements of the Sun – thousands of trips to the site in Avebury, Southern England, on the occasion of the solstice in the Summer and the Winter.

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The first monument on the site, an early “henge” monument was built about 5,000 years ago. The world-famous stone circle, built around 2500 B. C. during the Neolithic period.

The sun is coming through the stones at Stonehenge as the crowd of people gather to celebrate the beginning of the longest day in the united kingdom, in Wiltshire, England, on Thursday 21 June 2018. The neolithic Wiltshire monument is built along the summer solstice alignment of the summer sunrise and the winter sunset. (Ben Birchall/PA via AP)

With reference to the book’s authors, The Telegraph reports that a rectangle of four Sarsen stones or blocks of sandstone, when split in half diagonally, form a perfect Pythagorean 5:12:13 triangle. The Sarsen stones date to 2750 B. C.

One of the staff members, Robin Heath, also suggests the existence of a large Pythagorean triangle in the English countryside link Stonehenge, the site in Wales, and that the bluestones were cut, and Lundy Island, a prehistoric site in England to the Bristol Channel.

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The Greek philosopher Pythagoras is credited with discovering the famous mathematical theorem which states that, in a right-angled triangle the square of the hypotenuse is equal to the sum of the squares of the other two sides”, often written as a^2 + b^2 = c^2. Pythagoras is believed to have lived in the 6th and 5th century bc.

In addition to the Stonehenge researchers, other experts say they have found proof of the famous theorem from a long time before the time of Pythagoras. Last year, for example, scientists unveiled the secrets of a mysterious 3,700-year-old Babylonian clay tablet, which they describe as the world’s oldest and most accurate trigonometric table.

The tablet, known as Plimpton 322, discovered in the early 1900’s, in what is now the South of Iraq, by the archaeologist, academic, diplomat and antiquities dealer Edgar Banks, who provided the inspiration for the character ‘Indiana Jones.’

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Thousands watched the sun glisten over the horizon at Stonehenge on Thursday. The sun was rising behind the Heel Stone, which traditionally marks the spot on the horizon for the sunrise. Crowds cheered and raised mobile phones for images if the rays are overwhelmed by the monument and announced the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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