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Thales of Miletus (c.624-c.546 BC), Ancient Greek philosopher, mathematician, astronomer, and the first identifiable scientist. He is reported to have predicted a solar eclipse in 585 BC, and tried to explain earthquakes. He also thought that the Earth was a disc floating in a vast ocean. Artwork, after an ancient bust, from the 19th century book Vies des Savants Illustres.
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