Thales of Melitus ➶

Thales was one of the Seven Sages, founding figures of Ancient Greece, and credited with the saying “know thyself” which was inscribed on the Temple of Apollo at Delphi.

Many regard him as the first philosopher in the Greek tradition, breaking from the prior use of mythology to explain the world and instead using natural philosophy. He is thus otherwise credited as the first to have engaged in mathematics, science, and deductive reasoning.

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