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Topic: [HM] Indivisibles: Origin of the word?
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Enrico Pasini

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Re: [HM] Indivisibles: Origin of the word?
Posted: Feb 19, 2002 6:01 PM
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Feb 18, 2002, 07:05, Alejandro Rivero wrote:

<< I had assumed -wrongly- that Cavalieri had taken the word
from Lucretius, and it is obvious he didn't. So, question for
the list: Which is the source of the word "indivisibilis" to
be reused for the decomposition of areas and volumes? >>

It's the common word for 'atoms' in the late scholastic (Suarez,
Arriaga, Oviedo, Aresi...), notably used in quaestiones concerning the
so-called zenonistic points (inextended elements of the continuum).

Ciao

ep

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// enrico.pasini@unito.it //






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