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Born: ca. 624 BC

Philosopher, scientist, mathematician, engineer.

Thales of Miletus was the son of Examyes and Cleobuline.Thales seems to be the first known Greek philosopher, scientist and mathematician although his occupation was that of an engineer. He is believed to have been the teacher of Anaximander (611 BC - 545 BC) and he was the first natural philosopher in the Milesian School. However, none of his writing survives so it is difficult to determine his views or to be certain about his mathematical discoveries. Indeed it is unclear whether he wrote any works at all and if he did they were certainly lost by the time of Aristotle who did not have access to any writings of Thales. Certainly Thales was a figure of enormous prestige, being the only philosopher before Socrates to be among the Seven Sages...

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