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Hello sir

Sir, old philosophers classified matter into 5 tatvas --air , earth, sky, fire, water.Sir how they know about matter in those days and sir only these 5 tatvas are considered as matter but now a days everything around us which have mass and which occupy space .

Sir please reply

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Hi AM,

Old philosophers used to guess a lot and got it wrong most of the time.
They did not know what we know now and lacked the rigour of empirical experiments, they thought we could think our way to the right answers. We can not do this.

I hope this helps.
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Kevin  

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Thermodynamics, chemistry, chemical reactions, kinetics, chemical reaction safety, dust explosion technology, static electricity. General science.

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Over 40 years experience as a practicing thermochemist in industry. Head of the fire and explosion laboratory of a major European chemical company (Ciba-Geigy). Now retired.

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Institute of Chemical Engineers. Royal Society of Chemistry.

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Chartered Chemist, Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (C.Chem MRSC). Msc Sheffield.

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