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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Thales, Thales of Miletusnoun

    a presocratic Greek philosopher and astronomer (who predicted an eclipse in 585 BC) who was said by Aristotle to be the founder of physical science; he held that all things originated in water (624-546 BC)

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  1. Thalesnoun

    An ancient Greek philosopher.

  2. Etymology: From Θαλῆς.

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  1. thales

    Thales of Miletus ( THAY-leez; Greek: Θαλῆς; c. 624/623 – c. 548/545 BC) was a Greek mathematician, astronomer, statesman, and pre-Socratic philosopher from Miletus in Ionia, Asia Minor. He was one of the Seven Sages of Greece. Many, most notably Aristotle, regarded him as the first philosopher in the Greek tradition, and he is otherwise historically recognized as the first individual known to have entertained and engaged in scientific philosophy. He is often referred to as the Father of Science.Thales is recognized for breaking from the use of mythology to explain the world and the universe, instead explaining natural objects and phenomena by offering naturalistic theories and hypotheses. Almost all the other pre-Socratic philosophers followed him in explaining nature as deriving from a unity of everything based on the existence of a single ultimate substance instead of using mythological explanations. Aristotle regarded him as the founder of the Ionian School of philosophy, and reported Thales' hypothesis that the originating principle of nature and the nature of matter was a single material substance: water.In mathematics, Thales used geometry to calculate the heights of pyramids and the distance of ships from the shore. He is the first known individual to use deductive reasoning applied to geometry by deriving four corollaries to Thales' theorem. He is also the first known to whom a mathematical discovery has been attributed.

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    Thales was a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher and mathematician from Miletus in Asia Minor, and one of the Seven Sages of Greece. He is recognized for breaking from the use of mythology to explain the world and the universe, and instead explaining natural objects and phenomena through theories and hypothesization. Thales is often regarded as the first philosopher in the Greek tradition and is credited with introducing this fundamental aspect of Western philosophy. Moreover, he is arguably the first individual in Western civilization known to have entertained and engaged in scientific thought. Thales is also known in geometry for Thales' Theorem, which states that any angle inscribed in a semicircle is a right angle.

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  1. Thales

    Thales of Miletus was a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher from Miletus in Asia Minor, and one of the Seven Sages of Greece. Many, most notably Aristotle, regard him as the first philosopher in the Greek tradition. According to Bertrand Russell, "Western philosophy begins with Thales." Thales attempted to explain natural phenomena without reference to mythology and was tremendously influential in this respect. Almost all of the other Pre-Socratic philosophers follow him in attempting to provide an explanation of ultimate substance, change, and the existence of the world—without reference to mythology. Those philosophers were also influential, and eventually Thales' rejection of mythological explanations became an essential idea for the scientific revolution. He was also the first to define general principles and set forth hypotheses, and as a result has been dubbed the "Father of Science", though it is argued that Democritus is actually more deserving of this title. In mathematics, Thales used geometry to solve problems such as calculating the height of pyramids and the distance of ships from the shore. He is credited with the first use of deductive reasoning applied to geometry, by deriving four corollaries to Thales' Theorem. As a result, he has been hailed as the first true mathematician and is the first known individual to whom a mathematical discovery has been attributed.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Thales

    philosopher of Greece, and one of her seven sages; was a philosopher of the physical school, and the father of philosophy in general, as the first to seek and find within Nature an explanation of Nature; "the principle of all things is water," he says; "all comes from water, and to water all returns"; flourished about the close of the 7th century B.C.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of thales in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of thales in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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  1. Aristotle:

    To Thales the primary question was not what do we know, but how do we know it.

  2. Laertius Diogenes:

    When Thales was asked what was difficult, he said, 'To know one's self.' And what was easy, 'To advise another.'

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