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Tools to understand the theory of the 4 elements, a philosophical vision of the world describing it with water, earth, fire and air

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The 4 Elements

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The 4 Elements and Associated Concepts

ConceptWaterEarthFireAirWhole
Platonic solidIcosahedronCubeTetrahedronOctahedronDodecahedron
ColorBlue/GrayGreen/OrangeRed/YellowWhile/Cyan
Alchemy Symbol
Qualitycold + wetcold + dryhot + dryhot + wet

Tools to understand the theory of the 4 elements, a philosophical vision of the world describing it with water, earth, fire and air

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What is the order of the elements?

According to Aristotle: Earth < Water < Air < Fire

Who imagined the 4 elements?

The first reference to the four elements is made by Empedocles near 460 BC. It refers to four roots: Zeus (fire), Hera (Earth), Aidoneus (air) and Nestis (water).

What is the correspondence with platonic solids?

Plato assimilates Earth to a cube, water to an icosahedron, air to an octahedron and fire to a tetrahedron. There is also the world (the whole) compared to a dodecahedron.

See the names of geometric shapes.

What is the 5th element?

In the past, some theoreticians denied the nature of the empty, imagined a fifth element: the ether (or quintessence), above all others, for containing the stars.

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