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With our anonymous vandalizer, I somewhat agree that the "Drebbel in popular culture" section is somewhat silly, to put it mildly, and that a better one might also mention some interesting stuff like the recent experimental archaeology reconstruction of his submarine, and so on, rather than DVD diversions. If anyone wanted to rewrite that, it would probably be good. IanClysdale 05:58, 15 January 2006 (UTC)
Henry Frederick died in 1612. How did he set Cornelius Drebbel free in 1613!? Smuuv 07:45, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
- During the Thirty Years' War, he was imprisoned by the troops of Frederick V. In 1613 he was released through the intervention of Henry, Prince of Wales and returned to England.
- Considering the Thirty Years' War began in 1618, the date 1613 is a bit odd... unless Drebbel invented a time machine as well. (Ha ha) -- Syzygy 12:15, 24 October 2007 (UTC)
invention of microscope
The article states: "Drebbel became famous for his 1619 invention of a microscope with two convex lenses." But the article on the microscope doesn't even mention him, and Sacharias Jansen says is credited with inventing the first compound microscope. This could use some clarification, and there are some wikilinks that are clearly missing.--22.214.171.124 (talk) 01:47, 27 January 2009 (UTC)
Photo of a reproduction of the sub
My recollection is that potassium nitrate and sodium nitrate go to the nitrite and oxygen. The assertion that the reaction yields sodium oxide or hydroxide is, I think, completely wrong. I lack the certainty I would need to change thisd, so I leave it to others, better qualified.McManly (talk) 02:20, 10 July 2011 (UTC)McManly
Drebbel's first name
Drebbel's first name was Cornelis, not Cornelius. This should be corrected in the headline of the article. I would like to do that, but do not know how. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 126.96.36.199 (talk) 10:58, 17 August 2011 (UTC)
- I've moved the article to Cornelis Drebbel, as Cornelis was his actual first name. See : Cornelis Jacobszoon Drebbel JoJan (talk) 14:48, 17 August 2011 (UTC)
News on Drebbel
The Submarine section had a paragraph on how he "likely generated oxygen by heating nitre..": Apart from the grammatical fault, this is pure speculation so far as I know. I've reduced it to an edit note; does anyone have a source saying he did this (or even one suggesting he might have done this)? failing that it'll need to be deleted. Xyl 54 (talk) 23:30, 8 February 2014 (UTC)
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