Special Sub-Topic: The Greek Philosophers
|First off, what does the word philosopher mean?|
lover of wisdom. This accurately describes the passion of the ancient Greek philosophers.
|The first of the important Greek philosophers (born around 624 B.C.) is considered to be whom?|
|Which Greek philosopher is often called the Founder of Astronomy?|
|Who thought that stars (along with souls, the sun, and the moon)were made of something he called 'aer' and that the stars burned?|
|Which Greek philosopher taught that the earth was a globe and that it was fixed within a sphere that held the stars (he also taught a certain theorem of his, A squared plus B squared equals C squared)?|
|Which Greek philosopher theorized that solar eclipses were caused by the passage of the moon between the sun and the earth (which was correct)?|
|Who proposed that the sun is at the center of the solar system (as opposed to the earth) and that the earth orbits it while rotating (about 2000 years before Nicolaus Copernicus proposed the same theory)?|
|Which Greek philosopher estimated the size of the earth using only a few sticks (he was within 4 percent of what we know it to be today)?|
|Who, in old age, commited suicide by starvation because he had gone blind and was deprived of his ability to observe?|
|Which Greek philosopher reasoned that heavier objects would fall to the earth faster than lighter objects?|
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