Person: Empedocles Of Acragas


Empedocles was a Greek philosopher who is best known for his belief that all matter was composed of four elements: fire, air, water, and earth. Some have considered him the inventor of rhetoric and the founder of the science of medicine in Italy.

Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):

Born about 492 BC, Acragas (now Agrigento, Sicily, Italy). Died about 432 BC, Peloponnese, Greece.

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Origin Italy, Physics

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  1. O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive