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Who was the first scientist?


How do we define when what we know today as 'science' actually began? Who is accepted as being the very first scientist?

 

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    Amanda Littlejohn (stuff4kids) 2 years ago

    Thanks for that fascinating answer! I confess I'd never heard of Ibn al Haytham. Hm, defining when philosophy and alchemy developed into science is not easy. In the west, Aristotle invented the process of observation and deduction, of course, but ...

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    Amanda Littlejohn (stuff4kids) 2 years ago

    That's a superb answer, Alun! So, it seems that either Archimedes or Imhotep are the main contenders at the moment. I suppose what defines science is the logical method of observation, hypothesis and experimental testing with objective analysis.


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    Amanda Littlejohn (stuff4kids) 2 years ago

    Thanks for that contribution! In the strictest linguistic sense a 'scientist' is simply a person who seeks to know, so in that broad way, Gautama would probably qualify. Although, was he a scientist in the strictest sense? Food for thought!

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    Amanda Littlejohn (stuff4kids) 2 years ago

    Thanks for answering! Another interesting perspective. Quite a few people still believe that, don't they? So, we now have a mythological being and a Greco-Egyptian astrologer and mathematician in the running, too. Fascinating stuff.