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Thales of Miletus (624 BC - 546 BC) is considered by many to be "the first Greek philosopher". His denial of mythology as an acceptable explanation for natural phenomena is a fundamental component of the scientific revolution. He aimed to explain what he could see using reason.


Thales is considered to be the first person to make a mathematical discovery. His discovery is aptly named Thales's theorem. If there exists a circle with points A, B, and C about it's circumference, and AC is a diameter, then ∠ABC is a right angle.

Thales and the flat earth theory

Thales theorized that earthquakes were not a result of divine intervention or other supernatural forces, but rather that the earth floats in an ocean of water, and that earthquakes are a result of waves crashing into the earth.