322 BC: Even the Famous Aristotle had some Erroneous Beliefs

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  • 7. March 322 BC

Aristotle, one of the greatest scholars of all time and one of the key shapers of Western thought, died on this day in 322 BC on the island of Euboea. He was a student of the famous Plato, and one of the teachers of young Alexander the Great. It is interesting to note that Aristotle outlived Alexander. There are even some theories that he was involved in Alexander’s death, though there is little proof of this.

Aristotle had an incredible breadth of scientific interests. He studied physics, philosophy, music, poetry, theater, logic, rhetoric, linguistics, politics, ethics, biology, anatomy, astronomy, embryology, geography, geology, meteorology, etc. Still, some of his beliefs were completely wrong. For example, he believed the brain was an organ which served to cool the blood.

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