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By Lois N. Magner

I skimmed this booklet for history details, and used to be inspired that Magner's didn't interpret and decide old historical past on a contemporary technology foundation, yet quite offered and evaluated each one scientist as he handled the knowledge he had, answering the questions awarded to him by means of the tradition within which he lived. Magner additionally did rather well explaining clinical principles to me -- a a little scientifically informed, yet non-science significant.

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On Nature," in part a response to the metaphysics of Parmenides, was a complex physical explanation of the universe. "Purifications" dealt with the question of personal salvation in a manner influenced by the Pythagorean belief in transmigration of souls. " In contrast, that which is found in the world of sense perception was merely a man-made illusion. In accordance with the doctrine that Being cannot come from Not-Being and that a primordial unity cannot produce a subsequent plurality, Empedocles taught that there were four eternal, unchanging, and distinct elements or roots: earth, air, fire, and water.

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Events that seemed to occur at random were actually the result of a chain of collisions between atoms. Later critics ridiculed Democritus's explanation for sensation because it attempted to reduce all aspects of perception and sensation to touch, contact, or interaction with the emanations allegedly given off by all objects. According to Democritus, all perceptible things are arrangements of atoms that differ only in size and shape. We assign certain qualities to these arrangements and call them color, taste, odor, texture, and so forth.

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