Euclidian Points / Democritan Atoms

Another brief “hold that thought” post.

My own metaphysics is based around atomic quantum points that I think of as truly Democritan atoms – genuinely indivisible, inconceivably divisible “a-toms” – without any parts or even properties of their own. Everything of any significance in the world – everything full-stop – is about relations between these.

What I know now, thanks to a question in the University Challenge final last night, is that Euclid defined his conception of a point as

“a point is … that which has no part”

‘Twas ever thus. Nothing hew under the sun.
(Democritus preceded Euclid but was still living when the latter became active?)

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.