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Man with a secret Most engineers, scientists, scholars, having conceived something new, unhesitatingly rush into print, especially if there is no pecuniary advantage in eschewing disclosure. Not so Mr John Nayler, who believes that he may possibly have rediscovered a simple solution to an important proposition. He writes: This submission may be 2400 years late! After I had explained the uses of Pythagoras’ theorem to a bright evening class of would-be builders and clerks of works, I checked with several encyclopaedias, and it seems that there is no known simple proof of this theorem. Correct me, please, if I am wrong. Euclid stated an alleged proof 300 years after Pythagoras, and it is not simple. Verulam