Thales, Pre-Socratic Greek philosopher
(c. 624-c. 546 BCE)

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  • Name: Thales
  • Date: c. 624-c. 546 BCE
  • Place: Ancient Greece (actually, Miletus in Asia Minor, now in Turkey)
  • Language: Greek
  • Who he was: Greek philosopher, mathematician, and astronomer; one of the first to take a non-mythological view of the world, making him a proto-scientist. His works survive only in fragments, and in references by others (notably Aristotle).

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