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Thesis How accurate or inaccurate were Aristotles writings on meteorology Introduction Aristotle wrote about many subjects that can be grouped into five general divisions logic physical works psychological works natural history works and philosophical works One of the little known physical works concerned meteorology Aristotles views on meteorology are fascinating but many of the views were not accurate This paper compares only a few of his views to actual meteorological facts I Biography A Birth and growth B Influence on writings II Basis of Aristotles meteorology A Elements and theory B Science and facts III Water vapor and precipitation A Aristotles view B Science and fact IV Winds A Aristotles view B Science and fact Conclusion Aristotle explained the various meteorological phenomenon in simplistic terms The explanations match his theory of how matter and shape were interrelated Aristotles ideas on water vapor and precipitation were somewhat accurate considering that there were no tools to measure the atmosphere in his time His views on wind however were not accurate at all He wrote extensively on winds but never fully comprehended how wind occurred September 5 2000 Aristotle on Meteorology Aristotle was born in 384 BC at Stagirus a Greek colony on the Aegean Sea near Macedonia In 367 BC Aristotle entered the Academy at Athens and studied under Plato attending his lectures for a period of twenty years In the later years of his association with Plato and the Academy he began to lecture on his own account especially on the subject of rhetoric When Plato died in 347 Aristotle and another of Platos students Xenocrates left Athens for Assus and set up an academy Encyclopedia 2 In 342 Aristotle returned to Macedonia and became the tutor to a very young Alexander the Great He did this for the next five to seven years Both Philip and Alexander appear to have paid Aristotle
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