The Elements - The Elements The idea tthat all things are...

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The Elements The idea tthat all things are composed of four primal elements: earth, air, fire, and water , is attributed to Empedocles (circa 493-433 BCE), Greek philosopher, statesman, and poet. He was born in Agrigentum (now Agrigento), Sicily, and was a disciple of Pythagoras and Parmenides. Remember the opposite forces, Yin and Yang, male and female, whose interaction created everything in the universe? Empedocles thought that active and opposing forces, love and hate, or affinity and antipathy, act upon these elements, combining and separating them into infinitely varied forms. He believed also that no change involving the creation of new matter is possible; only changes in the combinations of the four existing elements may occur. Empedocles died about 6 years before Plato was born. The Universe as a Geometric Progression Plato deduces the need for the four elements. Timaeus , 31B-32C 1. First, we must have fire, to make the world visible, and earth to make it resistant to touch. These are the two
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