Who originally described atoms as small, indivisible spheres?

1 Answer
Mar 24, 2017



You speak of Democritus, a 6th century BC Greek.

Why was Democritus' early idea of atomism abandoned? Well, basically his musings were purely on a philosophical basis, and he performed no experiments (so far as we know) on which he could base, and test his ideas.

The very word #"atom"#, comes from the Greek, #alphatauomuos#, which means #"uncuttable"#, or #"indivisible"#. Of course, we know now that the atom is NOT indivisible.