FAMOUS INVENTIONS

LIST OF WELL-KNOWN INVENTIONS THROUGH TIME

Sir Isaac Newton was an English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher, alchemist, and theologian. His monograph Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica, published in 1687, lays the foundations for most of classical mechanics.

In this work, Newton described universal gravitation and the three laws of motion, which dominated the scientific view of the physical universe for the next three centuries. Newton showed that the motions of objects on Earth and of celestial bodies are governed by the same set of natural laws, by demonstrating the consistency between Kepler's laws of planetary motion and his theory of gravitation, thus removing the last doubts about heliocentrism and advancing the Scientific Revolution. The Principia is generally considered to be one of the most important scientific books ever written (source: wikipedia.org)

FAMOUS INVENTORS FROM 1600 TO 1699

This list is especially useful for those arguments regarding which invention was invented 'when' and by whom? ;-)

1. Inventors 1600 - 1699 (birth dates)

Otto von Guericke
(1602-1686)
German
vacuum pump

James Gregory
(1638-1675)
Scottish
reflecting telescope

Isaac Newton
(1642-1727)
British
reflecting telescope (which reduces chromatic aberration)

Bartolomeo Cristofori
(1655-1731)
Italian
piano

Christopher Polhem
(1661-1751)
Swedish
the modern padlock

John Hadley
(1682-1744)
British
the sextant

John Harrison
(1693-1776)
British
marine chronometer


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