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  • 2-1-1650

    Descartes contracted a chill while tutoring Queen Christina of Sweden, which developed into inflammation of the lungs. Ten days later he died at age 53.

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    Rene Descartes
  • 2-1-1673

    Leibniz, during his first visit to London, exhibited his calculating machine to the Royal Society.

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    Gottfried Leibniz
  • 2-1-1903

    George Stokes died in Cambridge, England. He did important work in hydrodynamics and became Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University.

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    George Stokes