SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 1957
2,000 YEARS' AGO:
~J tIC N II .V PAGE THREE
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r (EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the third
In *a series of nine articles concerning
the atom, atomic energy, its utiliza-
tion and the important scientists
who contributed to the advancement
of the atomic age.)
$. BY GERALD LUNDY
lation of Democritus its-,c riec.
Democritus had surmi.1ed-tht it
a substance, any substan, cou
be -divided and re-divided oe
and over again eventually an x
tremely minute particle weold be
We are living in Year XII of the reached which w ould be indivi-
Atomic Age, but how many of* us sable or atomos - hence LIhe word
know how this age had its begin-atm
nings in times passed, of the men Democritus said, all substanpes
andl women, who, in tireless en- from the air to fire is omioe of
deavor, contributed toward its! these atoms which are indcv dua
advent? Pits of constantly mnoving ate
Many people are content to con- in the shape of little balls or c
sider the discovery of atomic en- more irregular structure.
ergy as a purely American accom- The philosopher sad thiat mt
plishment, a not unusual fact due ter such as air or waris mad
to nationalistic attitudes and the up of the 'ball-type' atom xhk
American part in development of explains fluidity, the balls being
the A-bomb.! able to readily slip over eachiitIS-
How many would be surprised er to produce a flowving mocttion or
S to find that the atom is also the current.
product of international minds asI The sage also saiid that the
well as American? 1 atoms of substances such as rock
How many know that the first, or metal are the rough, ir~ue
theory formulated concerning the' atoms that fit tight ly thr
existence of the atom wasn't 100 thus explaining the ,_trerel nd
or 200 years ago but over two roughness of metals atnd;'tone ts
thousand years ago? and like substances.
Historically, the ancient Greek Democritus believed that-, all
philosopher Democritus was the materials of the sanme kind have
first man to speculate on the exis- the same type of atom invariably,
t ence of the atom although he had and this atom is indestr:uctible,
no empirical evidence to support always remainingf he me
his then radical and strange the- This in essence is the7fist b-
ories.; mulated theory on tee<istnc
People today would probably be of the atom, excellet mato
inclined to chuckle over some as-, the intellectual, debates inwhc
pects of this first atomic theory.I the Greek philosophersI''dso
But in essence the main postu- much to indulge.
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