Thales of Miletus: The Beginnings of Western Science and Philosophy
What is the basic building block of the universe?'. Thales of Miletus was the first to ask this fundamental, yet to be answered, question in the sixth century B.C. This book offers an in depth account of the answers he gave, and of his adventure into many areas of learning: philosophy, science, mathematics, and astronomy. Thales proved that the events of nature were comprehensible to man, and could be explained without the intervention of mythological beings. Henceforth they became subject to investigation, experiment, questioning and discussion.
Presenting for the first time in the English language a comprehensive study of Thales of Miletus, Patricia O'Grady brings Thales out of pre-Socratic shadows into historical illumination and explores why this historical figure has proved to be of lasting significance.
THE WRITINGS OF THALES
THALES SAYS THE APXrf IS WATER
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Aetius Alcmaeon amber Anaximander Anaximenes ancient angles Arist Aristarchus Aristarchus of Samos Aristotle Aristotle's associated astronomy attributed to Thales Babylonian believed Burnet calendar cause century B.C. Chapter claim Cleostratus commenced Commentary Croesus cycle Democritus described Diogenes Laertius discussed earliest earth Egypt Egyptian Euclid Eudemus evidence explanations extant floating fragment geometry gods Greek Guthrie Halys Heraclitus Herodotus Hesiod Hippias History Homer Ibid king London lunar eclipse Maeander material Metaph method Milesian Miletus moisture Moon myth nature Naucratis observed opinion original passage perhaps phenomena philosophers Plato Pliny possible prediction principle probably Proclus pyramid reason recorded reference relate relevant Rhind Mathematical Rhind Mathematical Papyrus river Sages Saros scientific seems similar Socrates solar eclipse solstices soul spherical suggest testimony Thales's Thales's hypothesis Thales's theory Theophrastus theorem theory of Thales things traditional triangles understanding University water-clock writing wrote Xenophanes