The Limits of Knowledge

  • Kalervo V. Laurikainen

Abstract

The fundamental idea of atomic theory is that matter is not infinitely divisible, but rather, is built out of somekind of fundamental particles. The ancient Greek atomists called these fundamental pieces of matter atoms. Every atom was indivisible and completely filled, so that nothing else could fit into the space an atom occupied. There was empty space between the atoms which made atomic motions possible and distinguished atoms from one another. The world was thus built out of atoms which are eternal and separated by a void.

Keywords

Assure Como Carus 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kalervo V. Laurikainen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of High-Energy PhysicsUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinki 17Finland

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