1624 in science
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- 25 May – The Parliament of England passes the Statute of Monopolies, requiring patent monopolies to show novelty.
- The Parlement of France passes a decree forbidding criticism of Aristotle on pain of death.
- July or August – Portuguese Jesuit priest António de Andrade becomes the first European to enter Tibet.
- Henry Briggs publishes Arithmetica Logarithmica.
- Edmund Gunter produces The description and use of sector, the cross-staffe, and other instruments for such as are studious of mathematical practise, notable for being published in English as a practical text.
- Adriaan van den Spiegel, in De semitertiana libri quatuor, gives the first comprehensive description of malaria.
- 10 September – Thomas Sydenham, English physician, the first person to recommend the use of quinine for relieving symptoms of malaria (died 1689)
- Giuseppe Biancani, Italian astronomer (born 1566)
- 5 December – Gaspard Bauhin, Swiss botanist and physician who developed an important early plant classification system (born 1560)
- 26 December – Simon Marius, German astronomer (born 1573)
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- "René Descartes". Encyclopædia Britannica Online. 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-11.
- Wilson, Robin (2005-11-16). "Who invented the calculus? – and other 17th century topics". London: Gresham College. Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-06.