1608 in science

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The year 1608 in science and technology involved some significant events.


  • October 2 – Hans Lippershey demonstrates the first known telescope to the government of the Dutch Republic.[1]
  • The flintlock muzzleloader is invented; unlike most weapon systems which only lasted a few decades, the flintlock has a long-term impact.
  • The manufacture of alum is invented and successfully practised in England, under the patronage of King James, by Lord Sheffield.




  • December – Oswald Croll, German chemist and physician (born c1560)


  1. ^ Burke, James (1978). Connections. London: Macmillan. p. 134. ISBN 0-333-24827-9. 
  2. ^ "Evangelista Torricelli - Italian physicist and mathematician". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 4 April 2018.