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Aristotle was chatting about forces we later identified as gravity at about 300BC. He made a few mistakes regarding heavy objects falling faster etc, but that is by the by. Was he the first ever to talk about.... "gravity"? or were there others before him?

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    $\begingroup$ gravity was not intended in the Newtonian sense. $\endgroup$ – Mauro ALLEGRANZA Jun 1 '18 at 11:51
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    $\begingroup$ I am clearly asking if there were ppl before Archimedis. --- Surely thoughts on the nature of gravity independently arose many hundreds of thousands of times during the several hundred thousand year period before, say, 10000 B.C., such as when shaking tree limbs for berries and fruits and nuts, when throwing stones off of cliffs and ledges during fighting and hunting animals, developing better spears and testing them, looking at waterfalls, seeing rain and snow and hail fall, leaves falling from a tree before winter, etc. $\endgroup$ – Dave L Renfro Jun 1 '18 at 17:24
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    $\begingroup$ You are confusing Archimedes with Aristotle, and what he was talking about was not gravity. According to him, heavy bodies were moving towards their "natural place" at the center of the Earth. But yes, one could argue that Aristotle's was the first systematic theory (albeit only qualitative) of such phenomena, see Rovelli's Aristotle's Physics. $\endgroup$ – Conifold Jun 1 '18 at 23:14
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    $\begingroup$ thank you! I meant Aristotle, indeed. and thanks for answering my question so brilliantly! (i've now edited my post) $\endgroup$ – user7488 Jun 2 '18 at 2:05
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    $\begingroup$ Even animals know that they always fall down; unless you are more precise about what you do mean by "talking about gravity" this question seems awfully broad. $\endgroup$ – SJuan76 Jun 2 '18 at 10:55

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