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It seems that the things that are the least understood are the things that are great beyond imagination and those which are hardly even microscopic For centuries physicists and scientists alike have been trying to unlock some of the mysteries of the world by understanding some of these two very complicated systems The idea of an atom or an indivisible body has been around for hundreds of years Actually its thought to be dated back to 430 BC This concept is believed to have originated from a man known as Leuccippus of Miletus His disciple Democritus of Abdera believed that atoms were uniform solid hard incompressible and indestructible and that they moved in infinite numbers through empty space until stopped Article 6 Page 2 However atoms werent only a tangible item in a sense of the word Atoms also attributed to ones soul and his perception of things In other words humans senses were based on these Of course these ideas hold virtually no ground today in modern physics The Greeks theories werent based on anything but observation and hunches as was almost all information on physics at that time We know most of this about the Greeks surprisingly not from books and notes but from a poem De Rerum Natura or the Nature of Things Included at the end of this report The next major advancement in atomic physics was made in the late 1700s by a French physicist known as Joseph-Louis Proust He stated and published the law of definite proportions Components of chemical compounds always combine in the same proportions by weight After Proust came John Dalton Like Einstein a genius in his own time He modified Prousts work and continued with the Greeks theory of the atom Daltons book New System of Chemical Philosophy Part I 1808 Part II 1810 was the first of its kind It was the first to apply atomic theory to chemistry and
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