Thales of Miletus

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Noun1.Thales of Miletus - a presocratic Greek philosopher and astronomer (who predicted an eclipse in 585 BC) who was said by Aristotle to be the founder of physical science; he held that all things originated in water (624-546 BC)
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From the time of Thales of Miletus, in the fifth century B.C., down to that of Copernicus in the fifteenth and Tycho Brahe in the sixteenth century A.D., observations have been from time to time carried on with more or less correctness, until in the present day the altitudes of the lunar mountains have been determined with exactitude.
That maxim by Thales of Miletus more than 2,500 years ago is now becoming a mantra for companies across Latin America as they seek to reduce consumption and costs of this increasingly scarce resource.
The 147 aphorisms or precepts have been attributed to the Seven Sages (or wise men) of ancient Greece, which included Thales of Miletus, Pythagoras, Socrates, Heraclitus, Solon, etc.
Thomas More Academy, the independent Catholic school he launched in 2001; and the six campuses of the independent, secular Thales Academy (named after Thales of Miletus, the pre-Socratic philosopher and businessman) that he started in 2007.
This proximity led Thales of Miletus to reputedly turn the wings of Draco into the Little Bear, inventing Ursa Minor.
Raven, The Presocratic Philosophers (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1957), 8384; Patricia O'Grady, Thales of Miletus: The Beginnings of Western Science and Philosophy (Aldershot, U.K.: Ashgate, 2002), ix.
Electrical engineering might be traced back over 2,600 years to Thales of Miletus, who noted that rubbing fur on amber would cause an attraction between the two materials.