1755 in science

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The year 1755 in science and technology involved some significant events.



December 2: Fire burns second Eddystone Lighthouse, Rudyerd's wooden cone of 1709.

Earth sciences[edit]



  • December 2 – The second Eddystone Lighthouse (1709–1755), with a wooden cone, catches fire and burns to the ground; it will be rebuilt in stone.
  • While serving as Postmaster General of the northern American colonies, Benjamin Franklin invents a simple odometer, attached to his horse carriage, to help analyze the best routes for delivering the mail.
  • approx. dateThomas Mudge invents the lever escapement for timepieces.





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