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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 1671, Giovanni Cassini measured the parallax of Mars to calculate the distances between the sun and all the planets.

1671 Planetary distances Giovanni Domenico Cassini astronomy


1670, 1886 spores and pollen - Palynology Nehemiah Grew, Robert Kidston palynology
1669 Phosphorus P 015 HamburgHennig Brand elements
1669 Birefringence Rasmus Bartholin optics
1669 Epigenesis Jan Swammerdam entomology
1669 Fossil shark tooth - Stratigraphy Nicolas Steno stratigraphy
1668, 1669 Fundamental theorem of calculus James Gregory, Isaac Barrow mathematics
1668, 1799 Units - Metric system John Wilkins (and the French Revolution) metrology
1668 Parasites Francesco Redi parasitology

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