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  • "Swammerdam corresponded with another naturalist, Melchisedech Thevenot, who was also putting his boundless curiosity, unflagging energy, and generous fortune to the cause of science. ... His studies resulted in Relations de divers voyages curieux. Published between 1663 and 1672, the four volumes presented a compendium of travel accounts that he had gathered and translated. ... As a patron of science, Thevenot helped found the French Academy of Sciences. His popular work on the art of swimming reached across the Atlantic in the next century to prompt a young Benjamin Franklin to become a lifelong swimmer. Thevenot recommended the use of lemon juice to counteract scurvy and introduced ipecac as an emetic for dysentery. His invention of the bubble level became a boon to carpenters, bricklayers, stonemasons, surveyors, and anyone else who wants to level a surface."

    --Joyce Appleby, Shores of Knowledge: New World Discoveries and the Scientific Imagination (New York and London: W.W. Norton & Co., 2013), p. 112-113

    December 28, 2016