the dialogues authored by the Greek philosopher Plato (c. 428-348 BCE), and the
only known writing of his to ever deal at length with natural science.
This document, which so influenced Western thinkers into and beyond the Middle
Ages, is essentially an explanatory account of the creation of the
universe. By analogy, Plato argued that just as the physical triangle is
simply an imitation of the intelligible, ideal form triangle, so the physical
universe itself is merely a changing likeness of the ideal, eternal, unchanging
universe, and that human thinking can only present an approximation, a likely
story, of the true nature of the cosmos.
Contributed by: Marty Maddox/CTNS
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