1672 in science

The year 1672 in science and technology involved some significant events.

List of years in science (table)



  • Robert Morison publishes Plantarum Umbelliferarum Distributio Nova, per Tabulas Cognationis et Affinitatis, ex Libra Naturae observata et detecta, the first monograph devoted to a specific group of plants, the Umbelliferae.[1]



  • Paul Barbette publishes Opera omnia medica et chirurgica.
  • Richard Lower publishes De Catarrhis, the first scholarly attempt by an English physician to take a classical doctrine (the theory that nasal catarrh is caused by secretions overspilling from the brain) and to disprove it by scientific experiment.
  • Dutch physician Regnier de Graaf describes the female reproductive system.[4]
  • Isbrand van Diemerbroeck publishes the first edition of his Anatome corporis humani in Utrecht.
  • Thomas Willis publishes the earliest English work on medical psychology, Two Discourses concerning The Soul of Brutes, Which is that of the Vital and Sensitive of Man.[5]





  1. ^ Oliver, Francis Wall (1913). "Robert Morison 1620–1683...". Makers of British Botany. Cambridge University Press. pp. 15–16.
  2. ^ Mohr, Georg (1672). Euclides Danicus. Amsterdam: Jacob van Velsen.
  3. ^ Crilly, Tony (2007). 50 Mathematical Ideas you really need to know. London: Quercus. p. 80. ISBN 978-1-84724-008-8.
  4. ^ De mulierum organis generationi inservientibus tractatus novus: demonstrans tam homines & animalia caetera omnia, quae vivipara dicuntur, haud minus quàm ovipara ab ovo originem ducere.
  5. ^ "Thomas Willis". Whonamedit?. Retrieved 2011-03-15.