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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

In 1701, Ole Christensen RØmer invented the calibrated temperature scale named after him.

1701 Rømer scale Ole Rømer thermometry

Recently

1701 Newton scale Isaac Newton thermometry
1699 Tribology Leonardo da Vinci, Guillaume Amontons physics
1694 Plant sexuality Rudolf Jakob Camerarius botany
1687 Principia Mathematica Isaac Newton mathematics
1684 Fingerprint Nehemiah Grew biometrics
1683 Euler’s number Jacob Bernoulli, Leonhard Euler mathematics
1682 Memory Robert Hooke psychology
1679 Pressure cooker, safety valve Denis Papin pneumatics
1679 Yin & yang - Binary number Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz mathematics

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