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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
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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