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Published August 28, 1998 | public
Journal Article

The Atom in the History of Human Thought [Book Review]

Barkan, Diana


A history of concepts of the atom, traced primarily through the works of philosophers and other intellectual critics rather than those of scientists. Beginning with the notion of an indivisible fundamental constituent of matter first formulated by the pre-Socratic Greek thinkers, Pullam follows ideas that have and have not survived from the ancients and the pre-moderns into our own contemporary conceptions.

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© 1998 American Association for the Advancement of Science. Book review of: The Atom in the History of Human Thought. By Bernard Pullman. Translated by Axel Reisinger. Oxford University Press, New York, 1998. 414 pp. ISBN 0-19-511447-7.

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