JOSEPH MOXON, the celebrated mathematician, was born at Wakefield on the 8th of August, 1627. His works are referred to in Dr. Johnson's dictionary as authorities for artistic terms.
He excelled in navigator's maps and charts and terrestrial globes. In 1667 he executed the drawings for a scheme for uniting the Thames and Severn by a Ship Canal. In the same year he commenced his most important work, "Mechanic Exercises, or the Doctrine of Handiwork."
He was a splendid letter writer, and wrote a treatise on "Mechanical Dialling," a translation of Barozzio's "Complete Architect," and a compendius Euclid from the Dutch. In 1678 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society, and appointed hydrographer to Charles II. He died in 1700.
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