What was Democritus's atomic theory?

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Oct 22, 2016

It was not empirically based, and it was approached by philosophical musing.


Democritus conceived the idea of the idea of the atom as the single, indivisible element of matter. Democritus was not an empirical scientist and nothing of his writing survives. The word #alphatauomuos# means uncuttable or indivisible. This is probably a nod to old Democritus.