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“Armand Marie Leroi has his first encounter with Aristotle’s greatest achievement: Historia animalium.”

Armand Marie Leroi in his “The Lagoon” writes how Aristotle invented modern science… in Latin? Come on now. I am sure it was translated by some Roman or Muslim Scholar after Aristotle wrote it, maybe even later by a Catholic priest that spoke pig Latin, but to give the title of a work written in Classical Greek in Latin is almost sacrilegious.

Outside of that; the proposition that Aristotle invented modern science is rather overreaching. He was a philosopher, some would say a sophist; natural science was part of his everyday life. He hardly invented it, though. We forget the Ancient Greeks formulated math before there were symbols to make it math, charted stars before they were standardized for astrology; no, my friends, Aristotle was just another Joe. That, by the way, makes him awesome still.

Although we cannot ignore the fact that Egyptian and Sumerian scientists certainly existed, the Ancient Greeks created something far beyond the scope of Sumer and Egypt: philosophy. To give Aristotle the sole credit of the science (that’s right, I said philosophy is science – my apologies to Foucault) is to narrow our understanding of history.