The Physics Of Atomic Theory

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Science would not be where it is today if not for those who have devoted a great deal of their life to making new discoveries and figuring different aspects of the universe. Over 30 different scientists have added on the development of atomic theory, and made science changing discoveries that are still today quite impressive, even in comparison to modern day scientists. There are countless scientists involved in the evolution of atomic theory, but less than 50 have majorly impacted the way we view atomic theory today.
Discovery and experimentation on the atom first began in the Greek Era with scientists as old as Democritus and Aristotle. Democritus was believed to be the first person to touch on the atomic theory. He stated that he believed everything was composed of atoms, and that between atoms there was empty space. Aristotle however did not agree with Democritus. He taught that all materials on Earth were made of the four elements; Earth, Fire, Water and Air. Many people believed in his new theory which caused Democritus’ beliefs to be put on hold for about 2,000 years. However, Aristotle was proved to be wrong, and many years around 1704 later there came a man named Isaac Newton. Isaac Newton began to understand that atoms were in constant motion and never stayed stationary. About 100 years later in 1803 John Dalton stated that his main points on Atomic Theory were that all atoms composed of the same element are identical. He also stated that atoms cannot be created,…

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