Democritus And Aristotle

Discovered: 490 BC  

Facts about the atomic theory

1. First atomic theory/model.

2. Atom described as hard, with form, and size but without color, taste, or smell.

3. The atom became known as "atomos" which means indivisible.

4. Aristotle rejected Democritus' model because he didn't believe that particles could move on their own.

5. Aristotle argues with Democritus about his religious views on the making of an atom.

6. Aristotle's religious theory became more accepted and Democritus' model wasn't accepted until later.

Facts about scientists

1. Democritus was born 460 BC and died 370 BC.

2. Aristotle was born 384 BC and died 322 BC.

3. Democritus wrote over 70 books.

4. Aristotle's father was the royal doctor to the king of Macedonia.

Citations

BLACKWELL, R. J. "Democritus." New Catholic Encyclopedia. 2nd ed. Vol. 4. Detroit: Gale, 2003. 644-645. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 9 Oct. 2014.

"God and the Atom: From Democritus to the Higgs Bosom The Story of a Triumphant Idea." Publishers Weekly 4 Feb. 2013: 57. General OneFile. Web. 10 Oct. 2014.

"Democritus". World of Scientific Discovery. Ed. Kimberly A. McGrath. Online. Detroit: Thomson Gale, 2006. Science Resource Center. Gale. 11 October 2014

"Aristotle". Scientists: Their Lives and Works. Online Edition Detroit: U*X*L, 2006. Science Resource Center. Gale. 11 October 2014

"Atomic theory." World of Biology. Ed. Kimberley A. McGrath. Online. Detroit: Thomson Gale, 2006. Science Resource Center. Gale. 11 October 2014

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