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Our Inspiration

While science and technology open the doors to the future, in this section we feature some of the great European scientists who laid the foundations for modern-day science.
A different scientist will be highlighted each year to promote European Science and Technology Week.

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As represented in Science Week posters and literature, the above images with their double squares incorporating the three primary colours are visual proof of the relationship between the sides (a,b,c) of a right-angled triangle (i.e. c2 = b2 + a2), which is often recognised as Pythagorus' theorem. In fact this geometrical figure comes from the oldest Chinese book on mathematics, which predated Pythagorus by more than five centuries.

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In addition inspiration is taken from René Descartes and Archimedes . Two of the European Commission's most prestigious prizes for science and technology bear the names of these great scientists.

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