Mathematician:John Wilkins

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English Anglican clergyman, natural philosopher and author.

One of the founders of the Royal Society.

Demonstrated the use of mathematics in the design of machines.




  • Born: 1614 in Fawsley (4 km S of Daventry), Northamptonshire, England
  • Died: 19 November 1672 in Chester, England


  • 1638: The Discovery of a World in the Moone
  • 1640: A Discourse Concerning a New Planet
  • 1641: Mercury, or the Secret and Swift Messenger (the first English-language book on cryptography)
  • 1646: Ecclesiastes
  • 1648: Mathematical Magick (in which the use of mathematics in the design of machines is demonstrated)
  • 1649: A Discourse Concerning the Beauty of Providence
  • 1651: A discourse concerning the gift of prayer: shewing what it is, wherein it consists and how far it is attainable by industry
  • 1654: Vindiciae academiarum (with Seth Ward)
  • 1668: An Essay towards a Real Character, and a Philosophical Language (in which a new universal language is proposed for the use of natural philosophers)
  • 1675: Of the Principle and Duties of Natural Religion