Who was Thales Of Miletus?
We begin our journey with the Ancient Greeks who were the fathers of physics. A city called Miletus was home to several Greek philosophers who made significant contributions to physics. One such philosopher by the name of Thales was the first and is widely considered the most important of them all. Thales lived in Miletus or what is now modern-day Turkey from 624 BCE to 546 BCE.
Influence In Ancient GreeceIn Ancient Greece, he was part of the highly esteemed Seven Sages of Greece. These were basically legendary philosophers that the Greeks considered crucial in developing their way of thinking. Thales is also considered the first pre-Socratic philosopher. The pre-Socratics are famous for searching for explanations for the unknown phenomenons of nature based on natural predictable laws. During their time they were referred to in the Greek language as "physiologoi" or (natural philosophers).
Thales rejected the popular notion during his time that mythological gods were behind the unknown phenomenons. As a result, he is credited for the "discovery of nature". For example, the commonly accepted explanation of earthquakes was simply the result of Poseidon getting upset. Thales instead theorized that earthquakes were being caused by disruptions in the waters of the sea.