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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.

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In 1040, Bi Sheng of the Song dynasty in China invented movable-type printing.

1040 Movable type reading Bi Sheng Bi Sheng manufacturing

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1025 Medicine bottle - The Canon of Medicine Avicenna (Ibn-Sīnā) medicine
1025 Optics Alhazen (Abū-‘Alī al-Ḥasan ibn al-Ḥasan ibn al-Ḥaytham) optics
285 Diophantine equation Diophantus mathematics
359 Hebrew calendar Hillel II, Maimonides astronomy
628 Formulas with zero Brahmagupta mathematics
820 Algebra Muḥammad ibn Mūsā al-Khwārizmī mathematics
9th century Gunpowder Chinese, Tang Dynasty chemistry

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