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Cultural and intellectual life, 1600-1789


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1543
Copernicus publishes 'On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Bodies'
1610
Galileo publishes 'The Starry Messenger'
1620
Bacon publishes 'New Instrument'
1635
Académie Française founded
1637
Descartes publishes 'Discourse on Method'
1660
Royal Society of London founded
1661
Building of the Palace of Versailles begun
1667
Milton publishes 'Paradise Lost'
1687
Newton publishes 'Principia'
1748
Montesquieu publishes 'The Spirit of the Laws'
1752-72
Diderot and d’Alembert publish the Encyclopédie
1759
Voltaire’s 'Candide' published anonymously
1762
Rousseau publishes 'Emile' and 'On Education'
1786
Mozart composes 'The Marriage of Figaro'
1789
Lavoisier publishes 'Elementary Treatise on Chemistry'