In terminology, place refers to an immobile container or receptacle which holds another body; the bounds of that which is contained and is in contact with; the outermost bounds of that which is contained; the surface of a body situated there; the concave surface of an encompassing body; a certain determined relationship wherein an object has a position with respect to some other object near at hand; a particular region within some boundary. [1]

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“Since I had deliberated on these questions for a long time and had likewise been engaged in active study of the structure of the world [universe], not only did the great mass of these world bodies and their enormous distances lead me to doubt that the human intelligence could comprehend them, but also, and most particularly of all, did vast, intermediate, and endless space fill me with curiosity and infuse me with a desire to investigate it. For indeed, what is it? Inasmuch as it contains all things, it serves as a place for ‘being’ and ‘existing’. Is it by chance some fiery heavenly matter? Is it solid, as Aristotelians assert? Is it fluid, ad Copernicus and Tycho Brahe believe? Is it some sort of tenuous fifth essence? Or, is space completely devoid of all matter, a ‘vacuum’, as it were?”
Otto Guericke (1672), “Why the Author Was Led to Investigate the Vacuum” in: New Magdeburg Experiments on the Vacuum of Space (§§: Book 2, §: Chapter 1, pg. 84) [1]

1. (a) Aristotle. (320BC). Physics, Book Four. Publisher.
(b) Guericke, Otto. (1663). New Magdeburg Experiments: on the Vacuum of Space (Ottonis de Guericke Experimenta Nova (ut vocantur) Magdeburgica de Vacuo Spatio) (translator and preface: Margaret Ames) (pg. 84-85). Publisher, 1672; Kluwer, 1994; Springer, 2012.

Further reading
● Lang, Helen. (1998). The Order of Nature in Aristotle’s Physics: Place and the Elements. Cambridge, 2007.
● Morison, Benjamin. (2002). On Location: Aristotle’s Concept of Place (abs). Oxford.

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