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Aristotle

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Overview

Author

Aristotle

Year Published

350 BCE

Type

Nonfiction

Genre

Philosophy

At a Glance

In Physics Aristotle sets himself the task of discovering the principles that govern motion and change in the natural world. He calls this prototypical scientific pursuit "physics" because it requires observations of the physical world. Aristotle gives an account of place, time, motion, and change by identifying the causes that produce the natural phenomena that he observes. He outlines a method of seeking the universal or general rules that govern particular instances of change. This method is one that scientists still use today. Aristotle concludes the book by demonstrating that time is infinitely divisible and that all motion can be traced to one unchanging and eternal mover.

About the Title

The title Physics comes from the Greek word phusis which means "nature" and indicates the subject matter of the book. The philosopher Aristotle records his observations about the surrounding physical world and draws conclusions about matter and motion. He outlines the principles governing the natural world and attempts to demonstrate the existence of an unmoved mover as the first cause of all motion.

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