- c640–546? b.c., Greek philosopher, born in Miletus.
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Under questioning, Thales admitted that it had no experience with lithium-ion batteries in airplanes.Boeing Won’t Budge as Industry Abandons Lithium-Ion Battery
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Requests for comment to Thales and Airbus were not answered.Air France 447 Report: How the Plane Went Down
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Airbuses have pitot tubes made by two companies—by the U.S. company Goodrich, and by the European company Thales.
It was the Thales manufactured gauges that were discovered on the assembly line with oil in them.
First of all Thales thought that water was the primordial substance of all things.Ten Books on Architecture
For the rest we touched upon all the historic names from Thales to Nietzsche.A Preface to Politics
When Thales was asked what was difficult, he said, "To know one's self."Familiar Quotations
Far better is that other reward, which they say was suggested by Thales.The Apologia and Florida of Apuleius of Madaura
Referring to the fact that none of the works of Thales is extant.A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume II (of II)
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- ?624–?546 bc, Greek philosopher, mathematician, and astronomer, born in Miletus. He held that water was the origin of all things and he predicted the solar eclipse of May 28, 585 bc
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- Greek philosopher who was considered by later Greek writers to be a founder of geometry and abstract astronomy. He is said to have accurately predicted a solar eclipse in 585 bce, although this and certain other stories associated with Thales have been questioned by modern scholars.
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