Problem: How was Dalton able to convince others to accept an idea that had been controversial for 2000 years?

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During the Greek Ancient times, Democritus suggested that matter is made up of indestructible particles called atomos which translates to "undivided". Other Greek philosophers like Aristotle disagrees with this concept and speculated that matter is made up of different proportions of earth, water, fire or air. 

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How was Dalton able to convince others to accept an idea that had been controversial for 2000 years?