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Science and Occult History

To: alt.magick.tyagi,sci.history,alt.magick,alt.astrology
From: (Paul Schlyter)
Subject: Re: Science and Occult History (unknown previous subject header)
Date: 29 Apr 1996 07:54:26 +0200

In article <4lj7eu$>,
George E. Hrabovsky  wrote:
> The categorization of matter as composed of fundamental elements is
> the most obvious which comes to mind.  In antiquity this was thought
> to be earth, water, air, and fire; (which interestingly enough
> corresponds to the four states of matter: solid and semisolid, fluid,
> gas, and plasma).
This is really quite natural, since these four states of matter are
plainly visible to us (with the exception of plasma -- a fire isn't
really a plasma).
> These four elements were thought to be indivisible.
This is plain wrong!  At those times matter was thought to be
continuous, i.e. divisible without any limit.  A piece of solid,
liquid, air, or even fire, was thought to be divisible in several
pieces of the same, were each piece in turn was though to be
divisible too -- et cetera et cetera, without limit.  Any piece of
solid, or liquid, was certainly NOT (and has never been) considered
to be an 'atom', i.e. an indivisible unit!!!
> This lead to specific chemical elements being specified (Hydrogen,
> Helium, etc.)
Not quite -- you need to do some reading of the history of sciences!
These elements weren't discovered until chemistry was born!
Paul Schlyter,  Swedish Amateur Astronomer's Society (SAAF)
Grev Turegatan 40,  S-114 38 Stockholm,  SWEDEN

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