Thales of Miletus (7th to 6th century BC), the father of philosophy, claimed that the first principle of all things is water,[12] and considered it as a substance that contains in it motion and change. His theory was supported by the observation of moisture throughout the world and coincided with his theory that the earth floated on water. His ideas were influenced by the Near-Eastern mythological cosmogony and probably by the Homeric statement that the surrounding Oceanus (ocean) is the source of all sprin

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