Ancient Atomism

[Revised entry by Sylvia Berryman on December 15, 2016. Changes to: Bibliography] A number of important theorists in ancient Greek natural philosophy held that the universe is composed of physical
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[Revised entry by Sylvia Berryman on December 15, 2016. Changes to: Bibliography] A number of important theorists in ancient Greek natural philosophy held that the universe is composed of physical 'atoms', literally 'uncuttables'. Some of these figures are treated in more depth in other articles in this encyclopedia: the reader is encouraged to consult individual entries on Leucippus, Democritus, Epicurus and Lucretius. These philosophers developed a systematic and comprehensive natural philosophy accounting for the origins of...

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