matter: Early Theories of Matter
Early Theories of Matter
In ancient times various theories were suggested about the nature of matter. Empedocles held that all matter is made up of four “elements”—earth, air, fire, and water. Leucippus and his pupil Democritus proposed an atomic basis of matter, believing that all matter is built up from tiny particles differing in size and shape. Anaxagoras, however, rejected any theory in which matter is viewed as composed of smaller constituents, whether atoms or elements, and held instead that matter is continuous throughout, being entirely of a single substance.
Sections in this article:
- The Relationship of Matter and Energy
- Physical and Chemical Changes
- Modern Theory of Matter
- Early Theories of Matter
- The States of Matter
- The Properties of Matter
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