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  • Thales 624?-546? B.C. Greek philosopher who is traditionally considered the first Western philosopher and a founder of geometry and abstract astronomy. He maintained that matter is composed of water.

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  • proper n. A pre-Socratic Greek philosopher from Miletus in Asia Minor.

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  • n. a presocratic Greek philosopher and astronomer (who predicted an eclipse in 585 BC) who was said by Aristotle to be the founder of physical science; he held that all things originated in water (624-546 BC)

Etymologies

From Ancient Greek Θαλῆς (Thalēs). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Aristotle (384 – 322 BC) wrote about a philosopher called Thales "who was very poor."

    The End of Capitalism

  • The Sunday Times reported Masekela as saying she had arranged a meeting between Mbeki - who was then deputy president and overseeing the arms procurement process - and French arms company Thompson CSF, now called Thales, that was bidding for a South African contract.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Thomson is now called Thales and its South African subsidiary is

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Thomson-CSF (now called Thales) in Paris while he served as deputy president in 1998 and it bidded for a stake in the deal.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • The company Thint, previously known as Thales and before that as

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • The system, called DeHiGate, allows emergency workers to effectively set up their own private network in a crisis, one that can't be clogged by outside communications. cell phones or other mobile equipment that allows them to talk with each other and the command vehicle, as well as transmit on-the-scene video of the disaster, said Vidar Karlsen, a manager at the Norwegian branch of the French electronics firm Thales, which is helping develop the system.

    Livescience.com

  • According to Vidar Karlsen, a manager at the Norwegian branch of the French electronics firm Thales, which is helping develop the system, each emergency worker would carry cell phones or other mobile equipment that allows them to talk with each other and the command vehicle, as well as transmit on-the-scene video of the disaster.

    Daily News & Analysis

  • The Taiwanese Navy bought the six Lafayette-class frigates from French defense company Thomson-CSF (now called Thales).

    Taipei Times

  • Or is there any invention of his, applicable to the arts or to human life, such as Thales the Milesian or Anacharsis the Scythian, and other ingenious men have conceived, which is attributed to him?

    The Republic by Plato ; translated by Benjamin Jowett

  • First, Oruka was concerned about the picture created under colonialism that, while the sayings of numerous Greek sages such as Thales, Anaximander, Heraclitus, and other pre-Socratics, were regarded as “philosophical,” those of traditional African sages were not.

    African Sage Philosophy

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