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Aristotle, great Greek philosopher, researcher, reasoner, and writer, born at Stagirus in 384 BCE, was the son of Nicomachus, a physician, and Phaestis. He studied under Plato at Athens and taught there (367 47); subsequently he spent three years at the court of a former pupil, Hermeias, in Asia Minor and at this time married Pythias, one of Hermeias s relations. After som ...more
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Published January 1st 1970 by Loeb Classical Library 338 (first published December 1st 1936)
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This is quite a charming little book. In it, one can find the description of an entire way of viewing the natural world. Aristotle moves on from the abstract investigations of the Physics to more concrete questions: Is the earth a sphere or flat? What are the fundamental constituents of matter? Why do some things fall, and some things rise? Is the earth the center of everything? Aristotle’s answers, I’m afraid, have not stood the test of time; such, it appears, is the risk of all science—obsoles ...more
Brian Schiebout
On the Heavens by Aristotle translated into English by j. L. Stocks is the second part of his physical treatises. This book deals with how objects interact with the world including how the heavens are formed. The book starts but a discussion of movement which is inaccurate and leads to many of the other flaws that Aristotle's logic leads to. He basically defines natural movement as something going to the point where it naturally should be. This leads to his idea that all objects have a place whe ...more
Joe Basile
Fantastic! Again, not an easy read by any means, but it is fascinating to look over Aristotle's shoulder as he tries to make sense of the world around him completely unaided by modern instruments, relying solely on what he can observe with his own senses and his powers of logic. Some of his ideas seem nutty by modern standards - for example he thinks there are only four elements (earth , water air and fire) and that the earth is the center of the universe, and that the stars are attached to a se ...more
Iso Cambia
Referenced in A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking (p. 2).
Marts  (Thinker)
This volume contains Aristotle's views on the functionings of the terrestrial world and his astronomical theory. He considers heavenly bodies as perfect and composed of imperishable matter with eternal motions...
Read the first part but I studyed it in class so i already feel as if i read it all...
interesting theory, specially at that time - the arguments are very well developed.
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