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Single Idea 20898

[catalogued under 26. Natural Theory / A. Speculations on Nature / 6. Early Matter Theories / g. Atomism]

Full Idea

Some substances are irregular, others hook-shaped, other concave, other convex, others provided with innumerable other differences.

Gist of Idea

Atoms are irregular, hooked, concave, convex, and many other shapes


report of Democritus (fragments/reports [c.431 BCE], A037) by Aristotle - On Democritus (frag)

Book Reference

Democritus: 'Early Greek Phil VII: Democritus', ed/tr. Laks,A/Most,G [Harvard Loeb 2016], p.89

A Reaction

[quoted in Simplicius, Commentary on Aristotle's On the Heavens] 'Substance' here means a fundamental object, which for Democritus is an undividable atom.