Democritus was born 460 BC in Abdera, Greece.

died 370 BC.

discovered in 440 BC

-he was a Greek philosopher.

-he believed that there was an infinite number of unalterable atoms.

-both, him and his teacher accepted the existence of empty space.

-many of "Democritus'" ideas were really his teachers ideas, he was just given credit because of his detailed development.

-believed that atoms come in many different shapes and sizes.

-everything is made up of atoms


-Democritus was very wealthy and traveled a lot.

-he generated over 60 works

-known as the "laughing philosopher"

-recorded to only have one teacher

"Democritus." Science and Its Times. Ed. Neil Schlager and Josh Lauer. Vol. 1. Detroit: Gale, 2001. Science in Context. Web. 15 Oct. 2014.

The Greek philosopher Democritus suggested that all matter in the universe was made of an eternal..." World Religions Reference Library. Ed. Julie L. Carnagie, et al. Vol. 1: Almanac. Detroit: UXL, 2007. Global Issues in Context. Web. 15 Oct. 2014.


Born 384 BC

died 322 BC

-unknown discovery date

-he believe that elements were made up of earth, air, water, and fire

-Aristotle did not discover any elements, but his theory helped with the discovery of elements

-he didn't believe that elements were the building blocks of life

-his theory was proven wrong by the Greek Philosopher Democritus.

-he studied under 4 categories- logic, theoretical Philosophy (math and physics), Practical Philosophy (ethics and politics), and Poetical Philosophy (poetry and fine arts).


-founded his own school known as peripatetic.

-associated with the philosopher Plato.

-tutored Alexander the Great.

-was favored by Democritus

Owens, J. "Aristotle." New Catholic Encyclopedia. 2nd Ed. Vol. 1. Detroit. Gale, 2003. 679-685. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 9 oct. 2014.

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