Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers

2014 Edition
| Editors: Thomas Hockey, Virginia Trimble, Thomas R. Williams, Katherine Bracher, Richard A. Jarrell, Jordan D. MarchéII, JoAnn Palmeri, Daniel W. E. Green

Diogenes of Apollonia

  • Thomas Hockey
Reference work entry

Flourishedcirca430 BCE

Diogenes believed that the air was the fundamental substance from which all others are formed, and that it also represented the “guiding principle” of the Universe. The similarity between his and  Anaximenes’s views has caused some to suggest that he was the latter’s pupil; this seems unlikely given their probable dates.

Selected References

  1. Burnet, John (1963). Early Greek Philosophy. 4th ed. London: Adam and Charles Black.Google Scholar
  2. Dicks, D. R. (1970). Early Greek Astronomy to Aristotle. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Earth ScienceUniversity of Northern IowaCedar FallsUSA