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Thesis How accurate or inaccurate were Aristotles writings on meteorologyIntroduction 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 factsII Basis of Aristotles meteorologyConclusion 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 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 high honor There are stories that indicate the Macedonian court supplied Aristotle with funds for teaching and with slaves to collect specimens for his studies in natural science Encyclopedia 4 Aristotle returned to Athens when Alexander the Great began his conquests He found the Platonic school flourishing under Xenocrates and Platonism the dominant philosophy of Athens Encyclopedia
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