## Space, time, motion: an historical introduction to the general theory of relativity |

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### Contents

FROM PYTHAGORAS TO NEWTON 1 The doctrines of the Pythagoreans I | 3 |

Zeno and Protagoras | 5 |

Democritus and Plato | 9 |

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