Anaximenes was a Greek philosopher, and a young contemporary and student of Anaximander. He was not a great genius like Anaximander, however he did put forth a few very important ideas.

He believed that air – the air we breathe, but also that which thickens into mist and water – was the primary form of body, and that it held an intermediate stage between water and fire. This theory resembles that of Thales. On the other hand, he thought of air as boundless and as containing an infinite number of worlds, an idea resembling those of Anaximander. He spoke of air as a “god”.

“As our soul, which is air, holds us together, so do breath and air encompass the whole world.”

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