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Philosopher File: Anaximander

The first scientist

Image: Anaximander, attributed to Pietro Bellotti (1625–1700). Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

The philosopher Anaximander was born in the trading port of Miletus in 610 BCE, and is said to have become a student of the philosopher Thales. His philosophy explored questions of creation and destruction in nature, and he is considered by some to be one of the first scientists.


The first scientist?




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