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Championing a 17th Century Underdog

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Science  11 Jul 2003:
Vol. 301, Issue 5630, pp. 152
DOI: 10.1126/science.301.5630.152

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LONDON-- This 17th century scientist was an accomplished astronomer, inventor, surveyor, and architect who helped rebuild London after the Great Fire of 1666. He was also a maverick thinker who suggested evolution 2 centuries before Charles Darwin. Who was this polymath?