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The book of science

8700 BCE - 2018 CE

Tom Sharp

Poetry and commentary reflecting milestones of the history of science

Welcome to The book of science. Come here each week to find poetry and commentary on another milestone of the history of science.

This week

1745-1746: Ewald Georg von Kleist and Pieter van Musschenbroek invented the Leyden jar to store an electric charge.

1745 - 1746 Leyden jar Ewald Georg von Kleist, Pieter van Musschenbroek electromagnetism


1743 Ethnography Gerhard Friedrich Müller ethnography
1742 Centigrade scale Anders Celsius, Jean-Pierre Christin thermometry
1739 Dividing engine Henry Hindley metrology
1738 Bernoulli’s principle Daniel Bernoulli physics
1736 - 1895 Topology Leonhard Euler, Antoine-Jean Lhuilier, August Ferdinand Möbius, Johann Benedict Listing, Henri Poincaré mathematics
1736 Graph theory Leonhard Euler mathematics
1735 Naming species Carl Linnaeus philosophy of science
1735 Trade winds George Hadley atmospheric_sciences
1735 Cobalt Co 27 StockholmGeorg Brandt elements
1732 Delisle scale Joseph-Nicolas Delisle thermometry
1730 Réaumur scale René Antoine Ferchault de Réaumur thermometry

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