Democrats & Aristotle
By: Jennifer Walling
- Democritus, believed all mater is made up of various individual elements.
- For Democritus, space was infinite in the extent, and the atoms were infinite in number.
- Democritus did not originate the atomic theory; he learned it from it's founder, Leucippus, the author of the Big Cosmology.
- While this work too has vanished, some conception of it's contents con be obtained from Aristotle.
- Aristotle, postulated that there were four elements: earth, air, fire, and water.
- Their character and behavior are completely determined by what Aristotle identified as their formal and final cause.
- Aristotle's theory seems terribly simplistic and fanciful today, but it dominated scientific thought for centuries.
Interesting Facts: Democritus
- Was born in Abdera
- He wrote many books
Interesting Facts: Aristotle
- According to Aristotle, animals are superior to plants because, they give he animals the ability to experience their surroundings
- He believed the behavior of a falling rock must be explained in terms of it's natural tendency to move downward
"Democritus." Encyclopedia of World Biography. 2nd ed. Vol. 4. Detroit: Gale, 2004. 493-494. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 13 Oct. 2014.
"Teleology of Aristotle." World Eras. Ed. John T. Kirby. Vol. 6: Classical Greek Civilization, 800-323 B.C.E. Detroit: Gale Group, 2001. 346-348. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 13 Oct. 2014.