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The year 1702 in science and technology involved some significant events.


April 20 - Comet of 1702 (C/1702 H1): The 10th-closest comet approach in history, it missed Earth by a distance of 0.0437 AU (6,537,000 km).[1]
David Gregory publishes the first textbook, Astronomiae physicae et geometricae elementa, the first astronomy textbook based on Isaac Newton's principles of motions and theory of gravitation.[2][3]


A fountain pen was developed by Frenchman M. Bion.[4]


November 5 - Edward Stone, English polymath (died 1768)[5]
(c. 1702) - Thomas Bayes, English mathematician (died 1761)
undated - George Martine, Scottish physician and scientist (died 1741)[6]


Olof Rudbeck, Swedish physiologist who discovered that the thoracic duct is connected to the intestinal lymphatics (born 1630)
Clopton Havers, English physician who did pioneering research on the microstructure of bone (born 1657)


^ "Historic Comet Close Approaches". NASA. Archived from the original on 09 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-06.
^ Bunch, Bryan H.; Alexander Hellemans (2004). The history of science and technology: a browser's guide to the great discoveries, inventions, and the people who made them, from the dawn of time to today. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. pp. 776 pages. ISBN 978-0-618-22123-3. Retrieved 30 July 2010.
^ "Archives Hub: Papers of David Gregory (1661–1708)". Archives Hub. Retrieved 2008-01-06.
^ Narayanan, Vivek (2005-05-18). Patent and Trademark History in the Fountain Pen Industry. Archived from the original on 2004-02-28. Retrieved 2008-01-06.
^ Mann, Ralph (2004). "Stone, Edward (1702–1768)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 2011-02-17. subscription or UK public library membership required
^ "Martine, George (1702-1741)". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.

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