What did Democritus believe an atom was?

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Feb 21, 2016

Answer:

In the 5th century, BC, Democritus of Abdera proposed that the atom was the tiniest indivisible quantity of stuff.

Explanation:

Our very name #"atom"# derives from the Greek word, #alphatauomuos#, which means #"uncuttable"# or #"indivisible"#. None of his writings survive, but he was the contemporary of Anaxagoras, Socrates, Hippocrates, and Pericles.

These days of course, we know that the atom CAN be sub-divided.