My quote of the day comes from the Nobel prize winning physicist Steven Weinberg: " We had to wait more than 2000 years to prove that Democritus was right when he said that matter was made of atoms". He said this in the Observer in the context of the disovery of the Higgs boson and what might or might not come next. But how great to hear a major physicist come out and say that about atomism. There has been a mealy-mouthed, postmodern tendency to play down the great thinking of the early Greeks who came up with the atomic theory. It wasn't just a lucky fluke that happened to be right. If you read Lucretius, the best source for this philosophy, you'll see that it was fully thought out in the most ingenious and brilliant way
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