Some of you know Pythagoras as the guy who correctly came up with the ratio of the sides of a right triangle. Now it's time you know him as a murderous cult leader. Maybe.
The dry, yet powerful Pythagorean Theorem haunts the minds of school children (and presidents), but Pythagoras was not the fusty old scholar that many make him out to be. To be sure, he was a math nerd. He loved numbers, and rationality. He just loved them a little too much. Around 500 BC, he founded a religion that came to be called Pythagoreanism. Pythagoras and his followers were sure that numbers explained everything in life, from nature to music. What's more, they were sure that everything in the universe was expressible as the result of rational numbers.