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History of scienceEdit
- The binary numeral system is invented by Basile Bouchon.
- The construction of a 4x4 Graeco-Latin square is published as a puzzle involving playing cards by Jacques Ozanam in Recreation mathematiques et physiques, vol. IV.
- Pierre Varignon's Nouvelle Méchanique ou Statique, published posthumously in Paris, includes recognizable planar dual graphs.
- Stereotype printing, a copying process, is developed by Scottish goldsmith William Ged. The concept later generates the word "stereotyping".
- The ocular Harpsichord, or clavecin oculaire, comprising a 6-foot square frame above a normal harpsichord, is invented by the Jesuit mathematician and physicist Father Louis-Bertrand Castel. No illustrations of it remain.
- February 4 – Dru Drury, English entomologist (died 1804)
- May 10 – John Hope, Scottish physician and botanist (died 1786)
- May 23 – Robert Bakewell, English agriculturalist and geneticist (died 1795)
- September 16 – Nicolas Desmarest, French naturalist (died 1815)
- September 25 – Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot, French mechanical engineer (died 1804)
- September 27 – Patrick d'Arcy, Irish-born mathematician (died 1779)
- "Drury, Dru (1725–1804), silversmith and naturalist". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. 2004. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/8093. Retrieved 30 May 2018. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)