Pyramid of Giza

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Thales and the Great Pyramid of Giza

Thales played an important part in Geometry. On his studying in Egypt, he had discovered many theorems. One of these theorems included finding the height of a pyramid. It was very astonishing for him to do this because he had no supply of modern tools. Because of his discoveries, Thales is now known as "the father of geometry."

Thales was born in Greek Ionia in 622 B.C. He was the son of Examyes and Cleobuline. Thales' parents are said to be from Miletus but others say they are Phoenicians. He is the person who introduced geometry to Greece. Not only did Thales study Math but he also studied principles of History, engineering, astronomy, science, and so on. Many people say Thales developed the Scientific Method of Reasoning.

Thales was unlike other Grecians, because he wanted to learn new skills and knowledge instead of using them for just every day uses.

Not only did he want to use the skills he has learned but he wanted to fully understand it. Thales traveled to many different lands searching for knowledge. He had first learned Geometry from the Babylonians and Egyptians. These people used geometry for building structures and dividing lands. While the Babylonians and the Egyptians were constantly building and measuring, Thales, instead, studied the principles and concepts of geometry. By doing this, Thales is now known as "the father of geometry."

The location of the Pyramid of Giza is in the city of Giza and is now a part of Greater Egypt. For 43 centuries, the Pyramid of Giza was the tallest structure on earth. The North Side of the pyramid was about 755.43 feet long, the South Side was approximately 756.08 feet long, the West Side 755.77 feet long, and...