No thinker has been more foundational to human thought than Aristotle who launched virtually every field of study from Physics, chemistry, and biology to law, literary theory, and economics. We know him as a philosopher, but his system encompassed all of human thought at the time and provided the launching point from which so much of what we now believe emerged. We will examine how he emerges from the shadow of his teacher Plato to become a giant in the history of thought.