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New Orleans East teens make ‘impossible’ mathematical discovery unproven for 2,000 years

St. Mary's math students

March 22, 2023 — It takes a special kind of student to outsmart 2,000 years of mathematicians — at St. Mary’s Academy, they have two.

Calcea Johnson and Ne’Kiya Jackson just gave a presentation at the American Mathematical Society’s Annual Southeastern Conference. What they were able to do is find a way to prove the Pythagorean Theorem using trigonometry without circular logic – something mathematicians have been trying to do for nearly 2,000 years.

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