1689 in science

The year 1689 in science and technology involved some significant events.

List of years in science (table)


  • Publication of the first astronomical book in Japan, Tenmon Zukai (天文圖解) by Tsunenori (or Jōhan) Iguchi at Osaka.


  • Pierre Magnol publishes Prodromus historiae generalis plantarum, in quo familiae plantarum per tabulas disponuntur ("Precursor to a general history of plants, in which the families of plants are arranged in tables") in Montpellier, the first example of a natural classification of plant families based on morphological characteristics.[1]

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  • Walter Harris publishes De Morbis Acutis Infantum in London; it remains a standard textbook on pediatrics for nearly a century.[3]
  • Richard Morton published Phthisiologia, seu exercitationes de Phthisi tribus libris comprehensae, emphasizing the tubercle as the origin of tuberculosis.


Kneller's portrait of Newton





  1. ^ Aiello, T. (2003). "Pierre Magnol: His life and works". Magnolia: The Journal of the Magnolia Society. 38 (74): 1–10.
  2. ^ Larsen, Paul (2003), Scientific accounts of a vanishing lake: Janez Valvasor, Lake Cerknica and the New Philosophy
  3. ^ Annals of Medicine 2 (1919): 228–40.