Empedocles

(1989 GB3 )
CURRENT POSITION: 5 SCO 21
Incl: 5.6297
Eccent: 0.2040305
Period: 4.1139665291788 years
AU 2.5674014
Type: 0000

Discovery Chart

3.4.1989 05:50 La Silla 70w44 29s15 observations 1

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Named for the Greek philosopher Empedocles (490–430 B.C.). Only some 400 lines remain of his poem On Nature, which considered that matter is composed of the four basic elements of fire, air, water and earth. Nothing comes into being or is destroyed, but things are merely transformed. Like Herakleitos {see planet  (5204)} he believed that two forces, love and hate, interact to bring together and to separate the four ingredients. Fewer than 100 verses are left of Purifications, another poem of Empedocles. (M 24919)

Avastatud: 3-4-1989 Avastamiskoht: La Silla Avastajad: Elst, E. W.

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