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Simon Stevin

(1548—1620)


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(1548–1620)

Flemish engineer and mathematician, the author of a popular pamphlet that explained decimal fractions simply and was influential in bringing about their everyday use, replacing sexagesimal fractions. He made discoveries in statics and hydrostatics and was also responsible for an experiment in 1586, in which two lead spheres, one ten times the weight of the other, took the same time to fall 30 feet. This probably preceded any similar experiment by * Galileo.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700) — Mathematics.


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