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1) Thales. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001
...Socratic Greek philosopher of Miletus and reputed founder of the Milesian school of philosophy. He is the first recorded Western philosopher. Thales taught that everything...

2) Diogenes of Apollonia. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001
...Milesian tradition of a century earlier in seeking to explain the constitution of all matter in terms of a single basic stuff. He believed, with Anaximenes, that...

3) Wolfe, Tom. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001
...Thomas Kennerly Wolfe, Jr.), 1931-, American journalist and novelist, b. Richmond, Va. Wolfe first gained fame for his studies of contemporary American culture in...

4) Shepard, Sam. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001
...American playwright and actor, b. Fort Sheridan, Ill., as Samuel Shepard Rogers 3d. A product of the 1960s counterculture, Shepard combines wild humor, grotesque...

5) carpe diem. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001
...The theme, which was widely used in 16th- and 17th-century love poetry, is best exemplified by a familiar stanza from Robert Herrick's "To the Virgins, to Make Much...

6) Delibes, Miguel. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001
...Spanish novelist, short-story writer, and journalist, b. Valladolid. He is known for his descriptions of provincial and rural life and for his psychological analysis...

7) zoology. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001
...From earliest times animals have been vitally important to man; cave art demonstrates the practical and mystical significance animals held for prehistoric man. Early...

8) astronaut. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001
...Soviet term is cosmonaut. Candidates for manned spaceflight are carefully screened to meet the highest physical and mental standards, and they undergo rigorous training....

9) space exploration. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001
...Satellites and ProbesAlthough studies from earth using optical and radio telescopes had accumulated much data on the nature of celestial bodies, it was not until...

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