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Leucippus
Leucippus
Full name Leucippus
Born Early 5th century BCE
Abdera or Miletus
Died 5th century BCE
Era Pre-Socratic philosophy
Region Western Philosophy
School Pre-Socratic philosophy: Atomism, Materialism
Main interests Metaphysics
Notable ideas Atomism

Leucippus or Leukippos (Ancient Greek: Λεύκιππος, first half of 5th century BC) was among the earliest philosophers of atomism, the idea that everything is made up of many imperishable, indivisible elements called atoms. He was born at Miletus or Abdera

Leucippus apparently was the first person to suggest the idea of empty space. We would call this vacuum, and he believed that the different atoms had different sizes and weights.

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