1657 in science
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- Christiaan Huygens writes the first book to be published on probability theory, De ratiociniis in ludo aleae ("On Reasoning in Games of Chance").
- Walter Rumsey invents the provang, a baleen instrument which he describes in his Organon Salutis: an instrument to cleanse the stomach.
- Christiaan Huygens patents his 1656 design for a pendulum clock and the first example is made for him by Salomon Coster at The Hague.
- approx. date - The anchor escapement for clocks is probably invented by Robert Hooke.
- February 11 - Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle, French scientific populariser (died 1757)
- approx. date - Pierre-Charles Le Sueur, French fur trader and explorer (died 1704)
- June 3 - William Harvey, English physician who discovered the circulation of blood (born 1578)
- June 16 - Fortunio Liceti, Italian Aristotelian scientific polymath (born 1577)
- September 23 - Joachim Jungius, German mathematician, logician and philosopher of science (born 1587)
- October 22 - Cassiano dal Pozzo, Italian scholar and patron (born 1588)
- November - John French, English physician and chemist (born c. 1616)
- "I believe that we do not know anything for certain, but everything probably." —Christiaan Huygens, Letter to Pierre Perrault, 'Sur la préface de M. Perrault de son traité del'Origine des fontaines' , Oeuvres Complétes de Christiaan Huygens (1897), Vol. 7, 298. Quoted in Jacques Roger, The Life Sciences in Eighteenth-Century French Thought, ed. Keith R. Benson and trans. Robert Ellrich (1997), 163. Quotation selected by W.F. Bynum and Roy Porter (eds., 2005), Oxford Dictionary of Scientific Quotations ISBN 0-19-858409-1 p. 317 quotation 4.
- Gullberg, Jan. Mathematics from the Birth of Numbers. W. W. Norton & Company. pp. 963–965. ISBN 978-0-393-04002-9.
- "The Coffee Houses of Old London". Retrieved 2011-05-23.
- Morrice, J. C. (1918). Wales in the Seventeenth Century: its literature and men of letters and action. Bangor: Jarvis & Foster. p. 26. Retrieved 2011-05-23.
- van den Ende, Hans, et al. (2004). Huygens's Legacy: The Golden Age of the Pendulum Clock. Fromanteel Ltd.
- Milham, Willis I. (1945). Time and Timekeepers. London: Macmillan. p. 146. ISBN 0-7808-0008-7.
- Glasgow, David (1885). Watch and Clock Making. London: Cassell. p. 293.
- Headrick, Michael (2002). "Origin and Evolution of the Anchor Clock Escapement". Control Systems magazine (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) 22 (2). Archived from the original on 2009-10-25. Retrieved 2007-06-06.
- Reid, Thomas (1832). Treatise on Clock and Watch-making, Theoretical and Practical. Philadelphia: Carey & Lea. p. 184.