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I had it in my head that it was Anaximander, but I'm not finding it (and it's been a couple of decades since this concept was introduced to me;) Any help is much appreciated.

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    Burning mass of iron, and it was Anaxagoras. He was sentenced to death for claiming it, allegedly, with execution replaced by exile. But I am not sure this is a question about philosophy. – Conifold Apr 6 '17 at 21:45
  • @Conifold Isn't it about pre-Socratic philosophy? (ID question for a concept. My interest is in applied philosophy, as related to General Artificial Intelligence, which is why I'm starting out with the pre-Socratics instead of Kant. This one was just for fun, as stars are the source of heavy elements, such as metals.) If you want to answer formally, I'll up-vote and accept. I appreciate your taking the time to correct my faulty recollection. – DukeZhou Apr 7 '17 at 17:30

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