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Biography: Democritus

Democritus was born about 460 BC in Abdera, Thrace, Greece, and he died about 370 BC (not known place). Democritus is best known for his atomic theory but he was also an excellent geometer. Very little is known of his life but we know that Leucippus was his teacher. Russell in [4] writes:-
He travelled widely in southern and eastern lands in search of knowledge, he perhaps spent a considerable time in Egypt, and he certainly visited Persia. He then returned to Abdera, where he remained.
Democritus wrote many mathematical works On numbers, On geometry, On tangencies, On mappings, On irrationals but none survive. He claimed that the universe was a purely mechanical system obeying fixed laws. He explained the origin of the universe through atoms moving randomly and colliding to form larger bodies and worlds.

Democritus also believed that space is infinite, having always existed, and that the number of atoms are infinite. Democritus's philosophy contains an early form of the conservation of energy.



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