Born in 384 BC in the Greek city of Stagira, Aristotle is one of the most famous scientists of his time. Joining Plato’s famed Academy in Athens at the age of seventeen, Aristotle would spend the next twenty years there furthering his knowledge and producing writings on a vast range of different subjects. Considered to have been one of the first writers to describe in detail the intricacies of Western philosophy, he discussed a range of topics throughout his distinguished life, including metaphysics, ethics, music, politics and several branches of science.
Aristotle was also the tutor of one of history greatest military figures: Alexander the Great. During his time with the young man who would go on to become the Emperor of the Byzantine Empire, Aristotle was able to create a giant library housing hundreds of papyrus scrolls, one of the first of its kind, and may have contributed to the creation of the famed Library of Alexandria several years later.
A keen scientist and philosopher, Aristotle’s work reflects the many different stages of his life and the influences around him at the time. His early work resembled much of Plato’s, which isn’t a surprise considering the latter’s involvement in his life. However, after Plato’s death, Aristotle began to formulate his own ideas regarding philosophy, eventually coming to the conclusion that people’s concepts and knowledge were ultimately affected and based on their own perception of events – empiric knowledge.
His writings influenced many schools of thoughts for centuries to come, with his thoughts on physical science propelling that particular field during the Medieval Ages, his work on classical mechanics still being debated during the Renaissance and his beliefs surrounding metaphysics having some influence on several religious doctrines. A true master of observation, some of Aristotle’s records, writings and beliefs relating to zoology were confirmed as being true as late at the 19th century!
Somehow, Aristotle continued to influence a multitude of other fields, including modern values we today take for granted in our day to day lives through ethical standards, philosophical limits and academic studies. A savant in every sense of the word, Aristotle certainly left an indelible mark on history and a vast multitude of disciplines. At the time of his death in 322 BC at the age of 62, the Greek philosopher had compiled a large number of his works for future generations, which would later be described as “a river of gold” by the Roman Consul Cicero.