Pronunciation Practice(8): Sophie's World

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Feb 24, 2018 01:05
In our own time, however, scientists have discovered that atoms can be broken into smaller " elemental particles. " We call these elemental particles protons, neutrons, and electrons. These will possibly some day be broken into even lesser particles. But physicists agree that somewhere along the line there has to be a limit. There has to be a " minimal part" of which nature consists.

Democritus did not have access to modern electronic apparatus. His only proper equipment was his mind. But reason left him no real choice. Once it is accepted that nothing can change, that nothing can come out of nothing, and that nothing is ever lost, then nature must consist of infinitesimal blocks that can join and separate again.

Democritus did not believe in any " force" or " soul" that could intervene in natural processes. The only things that existed, he believed, were atoms and the void.

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