Science Diction: Atom

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Friday, November 19th, 2010

It’s the basis of our physical world But how did the ‘atom’ get its name? Howard Markel, a physician, medical educator, and historian of medicine at the University of Michigan, explains:

Some historians have credited sixth-century B.C. East Indian Jainism philosophers for originating the concept of an atom. Sir Isaac Newton insisted it was the brainstorm of a 13th-century B.C. Phoenician named Moschus, whom Newton believed to be the “Moses” of Ten Commandments fame….

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