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Headword: Θεαίτητος
Adler number: theta,93
Translated headword: Theaetetus, Theaitetos
Vetting Status: high
Athenian, astronomer, philosopher, student of Socrates, he taught in Herakleia.[1] He was the first to write [about] the so-called five solids.[2] He flourished after the Peloponnesian Wars.[3]
Greek Original:
Θεαίτητος, Ἀθηναῖος, ἀστρολόγος, φιλόσοφος, μαθητὴς Σωκράτους, ἐδίδαξεν ἐν Ἡρακλείᾳ. πρῶτος δὲ τὰ πέντε καλούμενα στερεὰ ἔγραψε. γέγονε δὲ μετὰ τὰ Πελοποννησιακά.
c.415-369. See generally OCD(4) s.v. and web address 1.
[1] This automatic link takes the reader to Herakleia in the Pontus, as opposed to e.g. eta 457, and that is probably correct; cf. theta 94.
[2] The cube, pyramid, dodecahedron, octahedron and icosahedron. On the five solids, see Plato, Timaeus 53C-56C with the comments by W. Heisenberg (1953), Schulz (1966), 125-126, and Stückelberger (1979), 135-136; 298-299. See also Popper (1970).
[3] Given his lifespan (above), the statement is justifiable; contrast iota 652.
W. Heisenberg, "Platons Vorstellungen von den kleinstein Bausteinen der Materie und die Elementarteilchen der modernen Physik", in F. Hollwich (ed.) Im Umkreis der Kunst. Eine Festschrift für Emil Petrorius, Wiesbaden 1953
K. Popper, "Plato, Timaeus 54E-55A", Classical Review, 20, (1970), 4-5
D.J. Schulz, Das Problem der Materie in Platons Timaios, Bonn 1966
A. Stückelberger, Antike Atomphysik. Texte zur antiken Atomlehre und zu ihrer Wiederaufnahme in der Neuzeit (München 1979)
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; chronology; geography; mathematics; philosophy; science and technology
Translated by: Ross Scaife ✝ on 14 March 2002@13:27:23.
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David Whitehead (modified translation; added notes and keywords) on 15 March 2002@02:57:08.
Marcelo Boeri (Augmented noted; added bibliography.) on 4 October 2002@13:25:51.
Marcelo Boeri on 4 October 2002@13:34:56.
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David Whitehead (augmented notes, at the prompting of Claude Desplanques; cosmetics) on 12 February 2008@05:07:07.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 31 December 2012@04:08:18.
Catharine Roth (deleted a link) on 1 January 2013@00:36:47.
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