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Meteorology, On the Universe & On Breath

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By: (384 BCE-322 BCE)

Aristotle's three treatises on meteorology, the universe, and breath provide readers with a comprehensive understanding of natural phenomena and the fundamental elements that make up the world around us. In Meteorology, Aristotle explores the causes and effects of weather patterns, offering insights into the processes that shape our environment. On the Universe delves into the structure and composition of the cosmos, detailing the interconnectedness of the celestial bodies and their impact on life on Earth. Lastly, On Breath examines the vital role that air plays in sustaining life, shedding light on the relationship between respiration and the natural world.

Throughout these works, Aristotle's meticulous observations and logical reasoning are evident, showcasing his keen intellect and curiosity about the natural world. His theories on meteorology, the universe, and breath laid the foundation for modern scientific inquiry and continue to shape our understanding of the world today. By studying these treatises, readers can gain a deeper appreciation for the complexities of nature and the intricate workings of the universe. Aristotle's insights remain as relevant and thought-provoking today as they were centuries ago, making these works essential reading for anyone interested in the natural sciences.

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Meteorology by Aristotle
Translated by Erwin Wentworth Webster before he fell in action in 1917.
Book I: The Celestial Sphere, Stars & Precipitation
Book II: Seas, Winds & Earthquakes
Book III: Halos, Rainbows & Mock Suns
Book IV: The Elements & Secondary Qualities

On the Universe is attributed to Aristotle but may have been written by Posidonius the Stoic or someone well acquainted with his work. Two candidates for the Alexander addressed in the text are Alexander the Great and Tiberius Claudius Alexander, nephew of Philo Judaeus and Procurator of Judaea, and in A.D. 67 Prefect of Egypt. The text describes a geocentric universe and theorizes that other continents must exist beyond the Atlantic. Translated by Edward Seymour Forster.

On Breath is attributed to Aristotle but may have been written by Theophrastus, Strato of Lampsacus or Erasistratus. The author rejects Aristogenes' theory that air is digested in the lungs through a form of transit and contact. Translated by John Frederic Dobson.

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