Who was Aristotle?

The Sunday Telegraph - Travel - - Greece -

Aristotle was born in Stageira in 384 BC, son of a physi­cian at the Mace­do­nian court. Aged 17 he was sent to study un­der Plato in Athens, then in 342 was ap­pointed tu­tor to Alexan­der at Pella. Seven years later he founded the Lyceum in Athens, where he as­sem­bled one of the world’s first great li­braries. Af­ter Alexan­der’s death he fled from Athens to ex­ile in Asia Mi­nor, where he died in 323. A poly­math, he wrote some 200 works on logic, meta­physics, math­e­mat­ics, science, ethics, pol­i­tics and aes­thet­ics, trans­form­ing many of these fields. Only 31 re­main, but his in­flu­ence is almost un­ri­valled. His key legacy is the de­vel­op­ment of a for­malised sys­tem for rea­son­ing, with­out which science would not ex­ist.

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