1657 in science

The year 1657 in science and technology involved some significant events.

List of years in science (table)


  • Peter Heylin publishes his Cosmographie, one of the earliest attempts to describe the entire world in English and the first known description of Australia.



  • Walter Rumsey invents the provang, a baleen instrument which he describes in his Organon Salutis: an instrument to cleanse the stomach.[3][4]






  1. ^ "I believe that we do not know anything for certain, but everything probably." —Christiaan Huygens, Letter to Pierre Perrault, 'Sur la préface de M. Perrault de son traité del'Origine des fontaines' [1763], Oeuvres Complétes de Christiaan Huygens (1897), Vol. 7, 298. Quoted in Jacques Roger, The Life Sciences in Eighteenth-Century French Thought, ed. Keith R. Benson and trans. Robert Ellrich (1997), 163. Quotation selected by W.F. Bynum and Roy Porter (eds., 2005), Oxford Dictionary of Scientific Quotations ISBN 0-19-858409-1 p. 317 quotation 4.
  2. ^ Gullberg, Jan. Mathematics from the Birth of Numbers. W. W. Norton & Company. pp. 963–965. ISBN 978-0-393-04002-9.
  3. ^ "The Coffee Houses of Old London". Archived from the original on 2012-02-25. Retrieved 2011-05-23.
  4. ^ Morrice, J. C. (1918). Wales in the Seventeenth Century: its literature and men of letters and action. Bangor: Jarvis & Foster. p. 26. Retrieved 2011-05-23.
  5. ^ van den Ende, Hans; et al. (2004). Huygens's Legacy: The Golden Age of the Pendulum Clock. Fromanteel Ltd.
  6. ^ Milham, Willis I. (1945). Time and Timekeepers. London: Macmillan. p. 146. ISBN 978-0-7808-0008-3.
  7. ^ Glasgow, David (1885). Watch and Clock Making. London: Cassell. p. 293.
  8. ^ Headrick, Michael (2002). "Origin and Evolution of the Anchor Clock Escapement". Control Systems Magazine. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. 22 (2). Archived from the original on October 25, 2009. Retrieved 2007-06-06.
  9. ^ Reid, Thomas (1832). Treatise on Clock and Watch-making, Theoretical and Practical. Philadelphia: Carey & Lea. p. 184.
  10. ^ Panzanelli, Roberta (2008). Ephemeral Bodies:Wax Sculpture and the Human Figure. Getty Research Institute. p. 102. ISBN 9780892368778.