Essays Tagged: "Thales"


sland of Samos in 560BC. He was taught about the teachings of the early Ionian philosophers such as Thales, Anaximander, and Anximenes. Pythagoras fled to Crotona because of political unrest in his ho ...

(2 pages) 110 0 1.7 Sep/1996

Subjects: Science Essays > Mathematics

The Orgins of Atomic Theory

of the universe. One-hundred and forty years before Socrates there was a lesser-known scholar named Thales, and he was the Father of Philosophy.Thales was from a part of Greece called Miletus, and it ... f the focus on the practical that was prevalent during that time, it was not until years later that Thales¹ scientific genius was recognized by the scholars of Greece.Thales re-invented science, ...

(7 pages) 63 0 3.0 Nov/1996

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy

Biography of the greek mathematician Pythagoras

asPythagoras was a Greek philosopher and mathematician. He was born in Samos, Ionia around 580 b.c. Thales, who was another philosopher was the main teacher of Pythagoras. Pythagoras went to study fur ... nother philosopher was the main teacher of Pythagoras. Pythagoras went to study further in Egypt so Thales couldn't teach him anymore. In Pythagoras' teenage years, he began to become known for his ph ...

(1 pages) 85 1 4.1 Feb/2003

Subjects: Science Essays > Mathematics

Euclidean Geometry.

ptions which are known as "axioms." The most known and hardest working mathematicians were probably Thales, Pythagoras, and the infamous Euclid. In 300 B.C. there was a mathematician from Alexandria c ...

(4 pages) 64 0 3.0 Jun/2003

Subjects: Science Essays > Mathematics

The History of physics.

of Greek culture that the first systematic treatment of physics started with the use of mechanics. Thales is often said to have been the first scientist, and the first Greek philosopher. He was an as ...

(5 pages) 80 0 3.0 Nov/2003

Subjects: Science Essays > Physics

Philosophy Before Socrates - Early Ionian Achievement

e Old Testament, claiming that Zeus himself created the things we see on the earth today. Only when Thales expressed his views did the first questions of where things came from begin to be answered, a ... views did the first questions of where things came from begin to be answered, albeit not very well.Thales maintained that earthly things were not spontaneously willed into existence by a god, but are ...

(8 pages) 49 0 3.0 Dec/2003

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Classical Philosophy

A brief survey of Presocratic and Platonic metaphysics.

laims that the arché is number.According to the writings of Aristotle, the Greek philosopher Thales (585 BCE) said that "the first principle and basic nature of all things is water" (Aristotle, ... is of course water in its natural state, air is rarefied water, and fire is rarefied even further. Thales being quite early in philosophy's history, his theories are not developed much further than t ...

(7 pages) 120 0 5.0 Dec/2003

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy


Thales was a native of Miletus, in Asia Minor. He flourished in 585 BCE (the date of an eclipse he i ... agments of his work have survived, only testimony. Aristotle attributes the following four views to Thales:1. The earth rests on water. (De Caelo 294a28)2. Water is the archê of all things. (Met ... ws philosophically or scientifically interesting? We will begin with (1). It seems very likely that Thales was offering an hypothesis to explain a puzzling phenomenon: why are there earthquakes? If th ...

(4 pages) 36 0 3.0 Feb/2004

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Classical Philosophy


Like Thales, Anaximander was a monist. But he rejected Thales' supposition that water is the material arc ... ly infinite (i.e., eternal).(2) seems most plausible: Anaximander posits the apeiron in response to Thales. His objection to water cannot have been that there was only a finite amount of it. Rather, i ... e Guthrie, pp. 89-90.Assessment of Anaximander:1. A response to a (perceived) logical difficulty in Thales' theory.2. Postulation of a theoretical entity to explain observable phenomena.3. The postula ...

(3 pages) 27 0 0.0 Feb/2004

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy

Pyramid of Giza

Thales and the Great Pyramid of GizaThales played an important part in Geometry. On his studying in ... stonishing for him to do this because he had no supply of modern tools. Because of his discoveries, Thales is now known as "the father of geometry."Thales was born in Greek Ionia in 622 B.C. He was th ... r of geometry."Thales was born in Greek Ionia in 622 B.C. He was the son of Examyes and Cleobuline. Thales' parents are said to be from Miletus but others say they are Phoenicians. He is the person wh ...

(2 pages) 26 0 3.7 Apr/2004

Subjects: History Term Papers

History of Algebra

e when it come to developing algebraand mathematics.One of Pythagorus's most prominent teachers was Thalesof Miletus. Born in 624 BC Thales seems to be known as thefirst Greek philosopher, scientist, ... lt to determine what he discovered and whathis views were because much of his writing has been lost.Thales is credited for discovering the Ursa Minorconstellation. There are claims that he wrote a boo ...

(5 pages) 121 0 3.9 May/2004

Subjects: Science Essays > Mathematics

The History Of Trigonometry

n a book Trigonometria Published by Bartholomeo Pitiscus in the year of 1595. Another mathematician Thales of Miletus used shadow lengths to calculate the heights of the pyramids in around 600 BC. Ary ... l or not. But if it wasn't for the efforts of the mathematicians Menelaus, Ptolemy, Hipparchus, and Thales of Miletus some of the methods to evaluate stuff and calculate stuff would not be possible , ...

(2 pages) 29 0 0.0 Dec/2004

Subjects: Businesss Research Papers

Thales and Anaximander

There is considerable agreement that Thales was born in Miletus in Greek Ionia in the 624 BCE and died in about 546 BCE. His parents are ... e said by some to be from Miletus but others report that they were Phoenicians. It is reported that Thales predicted an eclipse of the Sun in 585 BC. .. Thales was much involved in the problems of ast ... a number of explanations of cosmological events which traditionally involved supernatural entities. Thales's prediction of the 585 BC eclipse was probably a guess based on the knowledge that an eclips ...

(4 pages) 32 0 5.0 May/2005

Subjects: History Term Papers

The Life of Anaximander , an early Greek philosopher.

gure1The life of Anaximander begins in Miletus, which is known today as Turkey. He was a student of Thales and we wrote a book called Concerning Nature but only a small fragment of it remains today. T ... hat the universe was made of. They were searching for the principle of what creates all things. For Thales, it was water, for Anaximenes it was air, but for Anaximander it was what he called Apeiron o ...

(7 pages) 23 0 3.0 May/2005

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Classical Philosophy

Cosmology and Cosmogony in the Ancient Greek World: Discuss the origin and development of Greek cosmology and cosmogony from the 8th to the 5th Century BC.

ding. Although irrational when compared to the later work of the presocratics (See later section on Thales for the earliest examples), a clear attempt is being made to make sense of the universe and i ... derpinning in the reality of a single kind of substance from which all else emerges.The philosopher Thales , for example, is remembered as having concluded that the prime substance of all things is wa ...

(15 pages) 76 0 4.2 Mar/2006

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Classical Studies

Discuss key developments in western thought by looking at western philosophical trends

beginning of the movement away from legendary explanations of the world can be seen in the work of Thales (ca. 625-547 BC). He maximized natural explanations of the world and tried to prove it by var ...

(8 pages) 35 0 0.0 Oct/2009

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Classical Philosophy

Were Influenced Throughout Time and Challenged.

ories and speculation to explain the occurrence of evolution. The below timeline demonstrates this: Thales of Miletus was a pre-Socratic Greek Philosopher. He stated that all matter of life started fr ... d when earth formed. It is believed by scientists that water is prerequisite to life as we know it. Thales theory is also strengthened by the certainty that the first life flourished from the ocean. S ...

(9 pages) 27 0 3.0 Mar/2010

Subjects: Science Essays > Biology