Physics: Its Birth in Greek Ionia
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Physics: Its Birth in Greek Ionia
Nov 28, 2019
Gresham College
The study of the natural and physical world from a scientific viewpoint began in Greek cities on the western coast of Turkey around Miletus in about 600 BCE. The first scientists were known as physiologoi, or men who discoursed about nature (physis). Each tried to put his various observations together in a way that constituted a coherent, unified model.

This lecture discusses the pioneering physical theories of Thales, Anaximander, Anaximenes, Anaxagoras and Democritus.

A lecture by Edith Hall, Visiting Professor of Classics 28 November

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