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1706
The year 1706 in science and technology involved some significant events.
Mathematics
William Jones publishes Synopsis palmariorum matheseos or, A New Introduction to the Mathematics, Containing the Principles of Arithmetic and Geometry Demonstrated in a Short and Easie Method ... Designed for ... Beginners in which he
proposes using the symbol π (the Greek letter pi, as an abbreviation for perimeter) to represent the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter.
introduces John Machin's quickly converging inversetangent series for π (pi), enabling it to be computed to 100 decimal places.[1]
Medicine
Giovanni Battista Morgagni publishes Adversaria anatomica, the first in a series in which he describes his observations of human anatomy.
Technology
Francis Hauksbee produces his 'Influence machine' to generate static electricty.[2]
Publications
Johann Jakob Scheuchzer begins publication in Zürich of his Beschreibung der Naturgeschichte des Schweitzerlandes giving an account of the natural history and geology of Switzerland.
Births
January 17  Benjamin Franklin, American scientist and inventor, known for his experiments with electricity (d. 1790)
January 28  John Baskerville, English printer and inventor (d. 1775)
May 12  François Boissier de Sauvages de Lacroix, French physician and botanist (d. 1767)
10 June 1706 Birth of John Dollond in Spitalsfield, (London), England
December 17  Émilie du Châtelet, French mathematician and physicist (d. 1749)
Deaths
Date unknown  Jeanne Dumée, French astronomer
References
^ O'Connor, John J.; Robertson, Edmund F., "1706 in science", MacTutor History of Mathematics archive, University of St Andrews.
^ Burke, James (1978). Connections. London: Macmillan. p. 75. ISBN 0333248279.
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