“As has already been suggested , the fundamental idea of atoms could be expected to arise in all civilisations indepently, since everywhere men were engaged in cutting up lengths of wood, and the question would inevitably arise as to what would happen if successive cuttings were to go on until the uncuttable was reached” (Joseph Needham)*

* Needham, Joseph: Science and Civilisation. Vol.4 (Physics and Physical Technology), Part 1, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1962, p.3.

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