04 October 2013

The Elements of Nature

 

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Date of Issue : 3 October 2013

The Elements of Nature: Air, Earth, Water, Fire

The Hellenic Post issued a nice  set of four stamps featuring four elements of the nature :  air,earth, Fire and water .The stamps are colorful and very appealing.

The four elements have been an object of fascination for science and philosophy since ancient times, when they were at the heart of Greek thought. According to ancient Greek philosophers and scientists, earth, air, fire and water were the fundamental components of matter : everything was formed from these four elements in different proportions and the whole world was made up of them.

 

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FDC and Mini sheet

There were conflicting principles and theories regarding which was the primary and most important element in the creation of the world. The ancient Greek philosopher Thalis of Miletus (624-546 BC) believed that material bodies were all based on the fundamental element of water. Anaximenes (585-525 BC) on the other hand thought that air was the most important element, and that earth and water were made of condensed air. For his part, Heraclitus argued that fire was the force that moved the world.

Empedocles ultimately came up with the theory that all four elements are essential and that each one has fundamental properties so that every material thing is composed from all four of them .

Club News

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World Animal Day

World Animal Day is celebrated each year on October the 4th. It started in Florence, Italy in 1931 at a convention of ecologists. On this day, animal life in all its forms is celebrated, and special events are planned in locations all over the globe. The 4th of October was originally chosen for World Animal Day because it is the feast day of Francis of Assisi, a nature lover and patron saint of animals and the environment. Numerous churches throughout the world observe the Sunday closest to October the 4th with a Blessing of the Animals.

Special cancellation on World Animal Day at Gorakhpur

A special cancellation will be issued today by Gorakhpur Postal Division on World Animal Day.

From our Readers…

Today is World Animal Day. Mr Sanjiv Jain of Dehradun shares here a cover prepared by him  with a special pictorial cancellation for this special day.

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