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Thomas Harriot

(1560—1621) mathematician and natural philosopher


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(1560/61–1621),

mathematician and astronomer. In 1585 he went on Ralegh's expedition to Virginia. His A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia (1588) is one of the earliest examples of a large‐scale economic and statistical survey. His name was popularly associated with atheism and necromancy. He was thought by some to have been the leading spirit of the so‐called ‘School of Night’, but appears to have been a faithful believer.

Subjects: Arts and Humanities.


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