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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
- 1998: David Nelson: The Penguin Dictionary of Mathematics (2nd ed.) ... (previous) ... (next): Wilkins, John (1614-72)
- 2008: David Nelson: The Penguin Dictionary of Mathematics (4th ed.) ... (previous) ... (next): Wilkins, John (1614-72)