Celebrating John Wilkins Vision

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Mathematician and scientist John Wilkins, born in 1614, dreamed of space travel long before it became an actuality.

     

    Though we think of space travel as a modern advancement, dreamers have long been dreaming of traveling beyond our world.  One such dreamer was about 300 years before his time.  John Wilkins, a graduate of Oxford in England, was born in 1614.  A mathematician and scientists ahead of his time, he wrote a book called “Mathematical Magick” which outlines the plans for a possible aircraft called a “flying chariot.”  Wilkins believed that a trip to the moon could be possible but he realized that the Earth’s gravitational pull on the moon, the coldness of space, and food for astronauts would be problems to be considered.