Advanced Atomic Theory

Greek philosopher Leucippus of Miletus of Turkey, proposed the first atomic theory back in 500 BCE, noting the existence of an eternal empty space in which small indivisible particles, called atoms swirl in constant motion. His student, Democritus of Abdera, concluded that the universe is made of only two things: the Void (space) and Being (matter), are made up entirely of infinitesimal, fundamental particles called atomon. Although both ideas sound modern they were did not a scientific theory, yet based on observation and experiment. John Dalton proposed the first scientific atomic theory in 1803, based chemical experimentation and retained the word “atom” describing the small particles of all elements and compounds composition.

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      Leucippus of Miletus

Additional Information:

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