Physics Demonstrates the Principle that Everything has a Beginning and an End

At first sight nothing seems more obvious than that everything has a beginning and an end, and that everything can be subdivided into smaller parts. Nevertheless, for entirely speculative reasons the philosophers of Antiquity, especially the Stoics, concluded this concept to be quite unnecessary. The prodigious development of physics has now reached the same conclusion as those philosophers, Empedocles and Democritus in particular, who lived around 500 B.C. and for whom even ancient man had a lively admiration.


From the lecture 'Development of the Theory of Electrolytic Dissociation' by Svante Arrhenius.

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 Nobel Lectures in Chemistry, 1901-1995 (Vols 1-7)
Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Arrhenius, Svante (2010-08), Nobel Lectures in Chemistry, 1901-1995 (Vols 1-7), World Scientific Publishing Company, Retrieved on 2011-09-12
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