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The first thing I would like to say before I start this paper on Thales is that when dealing with ancient Greek mathemetitions any facts you may uncover are really just educated guesses The reason for this is because all records back then were kept on cuneiform tablets These tablets just did not hold up well over time and were destroyed before anyone could really make a lasting permanent record of his life and studies 2 With this being said let me share with you some of my findings on the Greek mathematition known as Thales of Miletus 2 Thales of Miletus was a seventh century Bc materialist philosopher as well as a great mathematicion 1 His date of birth and date of death are guessed at between 540BC to around 620BC 2 This guess at his life time was based off of the 585BC eclipse 2 This eclipse was used because he was said to have predicted its arrival2 He was half Phoenician and also considered the founding father of Greek mathematics by most Greek traditions4 He was not only the first person to receive credit for his mathematical discoveries but was also considered the first of Greeces seven wise men2 The seven Wise Men were a group of Greek Philosoophers and mathematicians who were considered the best in their field of study 2 ONe common false belief is that he taught Pythegoras2 This was just not the case because Pythegoras was born at least fifty years after Thales2 He was also the chief representative of the Ionian school of mathematics2 In his spare time he was rumored to have held one of many different types of jobs Some of the jobs he might have held are Making a fortune off of olive presses being a salt merchant a stargazer a defender of celibacy or a farsighted statesman2 Now that I have introduced him as a person lets dive into
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