1599 in science

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The year 1599 in science and technology involved some significant events.



  • Ulisse Aldrovandi begins publication of his Ornithologiae.[1]
  • Lawyer Carlo Ruini's Anatomia del cavallo is published posthumously in Venice. This anatomy of the horse is the first published of any non-human animal.


  • Publication of the supposed German alchemist Basil Valentine's Ein kurtz summarischer Tractat, von dem grossen Stein der Uralten ("Of the great stone of the ancients").


  • George Abbot publishes the student geography textbook A Brief Description of the Whole World.
  • Approximate date – A world map to accompany a new edition of Richard Hakluyt's The Principal Navigations, Voiages, and Discoveries of the English Nation and attributed to Edward Wright is the first using the Mercator projection to be engraved in England.


  • Edward Wright publishes Certaine Errors in Navigation, explaining the mathematical basis of the Mercator projection, and giving a reference table of adjustments required for its use in navigation.





  1. ^ Grun, Bernard (1991). "1599". The Timetables of History (3rd ed.). New York: Simon & Schuster. p. 267. ISBN 0-671-74919-6.
  2. ^ Dell'historia naturale di Ferrante Imperato napolitano Libri XXVIII. Nella quale ordinatamente si tratta della diversa condition di miniere, e pietre. Con alcune historie di piante et animali; sin hora non date in luce.