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Looking Back At 17th Century Scientist’s Idea Of Space Travel
2014-01-10 14:03:42

[ Watch the Video: 17th Century Space Travel Ideas From John Wilkins ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A lesser known pioneer of science who was one of the first in his field to look into space travel was born 400 years ago this month. John Wilkins, a graduate of Magdalen Hall, Oxford, was born in Canons Ashby, Northamptonshire, on 1 January 1614. Wilkins was ordained as a priest in the Church of England before he traveled around the UK and Germany to meet up with...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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