Osnovatel Milesian school, one of the legendary "Seven Wise Men". Came from an aristocratic family, was associated with the temple of Apollo Didimskogo, patron of the marine colonization. Authentic tradition of travelogue Falesa in Egypt and familiarity with the ancient Egyptian geometry and cosmology. The name of Thales is already in V. become a byword for the sage. Evdem begins with Thales history of astronomy and geometry. It is believed that Thales coined a new constellation - Little Dipper. He is credited with understanding of water as the root causes (Arche), of all things.
Thales called one of the first Greek thinkers who understand the importance of astrology as a science. In the story became "the eclipse of Thales, 28 May 585 g. BC, predicted them for 6 years before the event (some scientists believe it is a legend, arguing that the level of science at the time of Thales is not possible to predict an eclipse). According to Seneca, Thales has used astrology and in purely material purposes. So, in anticipation of famine, he bought in advance, olive trees and enriched in this.
In honor of Thales named minor planet 6001 Thales.