Born Sunday 29 October 1656, died Sunday 14 January 1742
Professions: Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist
Nearer the gods no mortal may approach.
This sight... is by far the noblest astronomy affords.
Scarce any problem will appear more hard and difficult, than that of determining the distance of the Sun from the Earth very near the truth: but even this... will without much labour be effected.