scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 1,480
Around 440 BC leucippus of Miletus originated the atom concept He and his pupil Democritus of abdera refined it for future use Their atomic idea has five major points All original writings of leucippus and Democritus are lost The only sources we have for there atomistic ideas are inquotations from other writers Democritus was known as the laughing philosopher because he enjoyed life so much At this time Greek philosophy was about 150 years old emerging in the sixth century bc centered in the city of miletus on the ionian coast in Asia minor which is now turkey The work of leucippus and Democritus was further developed by epicures 341-270 BC of Samos He made ideas more generally known Aristotle also quotes both of them in arguing against their ideas Most of what we know about leucippus and Democritus was found in a poem entitled de rerum natura on the nature of things written by Lucretius 95-55 BC This poem was lost for over a thousand years and was discovered in 1417 These are the basic points of their theory 1 - all matter is composed of atoms which are bits of matter to small to be seen These cannot be split any smaller The atomists hold that splitting stops when it reaches indivisible particles and goes on no more Which means there is a limit to division of matter that we cannot go Atoms are very hard so they cannot be divided In Greek a means not and tomos means cut So our word comes from atomos meaning uncuttable He reasoned that if matter could be infinitely divided it could also completely disintegrate and cannot be put back together however matter can regenerate Even though matter can be destroyed by splitting new things can be made by joining other matter together This process is reversible The idea of reversibility means there must be a limit to splitting If it could be
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA