the alternative atomic theory

12:06 Dec 7, 2003
English to Chinese translations [PRO]
Art/Literary - Philosophy / philosophy
English term or phrase: the alternative atomic theory
For example,the Greeks concluded that all matter was made of four elements;the chinese supposed there were five-water,earth,metal,wood and fire.The chinese,like most Greeks,believed matter to be continuous.Perhaps their picture of the world as an organism prevented them from thinking of the alternative atomic theory,unlike the Greeks.

What is the alternative atomic theory?
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Lu Zou
3the alternative to the theory of elements,the atomic theory,
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the alternative to the theory of elements,the atomic theory,

perhaps...(this is one way of reading it)

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因为中国人把世界看作一个有机的整体,他们的水金木火土也是一个个独立的整体,因此他们不会想到把水金木火土再仔细分割成分子或原子。这里的atomic theory与中国的水金木火土是截然不同的理论,故称为是一个alternative理论。

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