History of Chemistry


Where was early chemistry developed?

While many civilizations learned how to make dyes and pigments, or ferment fruit into wine, the earliest theories about atoms and what makes up the chemical world came from ancient Greece and India. Leucippus in Greece and Kanada in India both came up with the idea that there must be a small, indivisible part of matter. The Greek word for “uncuttable” is atomos, clearly the root of the modern term atom. Kanada’s term for this similar concept was “paramanu” or simply “anu,” the indivisible element of matter.


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