Bust of Chinese astronomer and high official Shen Kuo.

Shen Kuo

(1031 - 1095)

Shen Kuo was a Chinese astronomer, mathematician, and high official best known for The Dream Pool Essays, his book of observations and thoughts. The book contains hundreds of separate essays on a wide variety of subjects, such as mathematics, astronomy, cartography, optics, and medicine, among others, as well as the first known mention of the magnetic compass and of movable type.

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