I wanted to take a different angle with celebrations this month so I figured I would do a complete 180. In continuing with recognizing individuals who have made a significant contribution to garage projects I thought it was time to acknowledge those who have helped out with the design aspects. Any project, no matter how small or large, takes some sort of planning or engineering. Nothing turns into something without first a plan. As projects get more complicated the planning required typically involves a lot more mathematical calculations. There have been all sorts of computer programs developed to assist with the math, programs such as AutoCAD. Well there is one mathematical formula that I use more then any other calculation when designing projects. This formula is so versatile that you can perform the basic calculations in your head and at the very most you would need a calculator capable of the square root function. The formula I speak of is the Pythagorean Theorem. And who gets credit for this one? Well it would be Pythagoras of Samos who lived from 570 to 495 BC. Now there is some debate as to who should actually be credited with the discovery of this formula. Some say that it was actually the Babylonians that first discovered the details and others say that it may not in fact been Pythagoras of Samos but instead his students that came up with the theory. In any case I am going to give Pythagoras the credit. If at a later date someone proves this wrong then I will be sure to update this post. Anyway…the point is this; the guy is credited for coming up with the formula to calculate the hypotenuse of a right angle triangle. The simple formula is a2 + b2 = c2. Carpenters know it as the 3 – 4 – 5 rule when calculating a right angle. I am not going get into explaining the formula and the theory behind it, plenty of others already have. The point is this; Pythagoras rocked the show when he let this calculation out of the bag. The number of opportunities that I have been given to use this equation is countless. As far as I am concerned this should be grouped in with basic arithmetic. So if you are building with straight lines and you want to come up with something more then just a box then may I suggest you add up your A squares and B squares and pound that square root key. Pyth you get 2 thumbs up today for lending a hand to planning projects.