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JESUITICA: First automobile

In the history of the car, the Flemish Jesuit Ferdinand Verbiest, a missionary at the Chinese Imperial court, is credited with inventing the first motor vehicle, as a toy for the Emperor. Built and tested in 1679, it was two feet long and was operated by an eolipyle that warmed the embers. A steam jet struck a horizontal wheel with ...

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Short Notices

This Tuesday afternoon, bookmaker Paddy Power tips the Belgian Prime Minister to be the EU’s first president next  week. Herman Van Rompuy’s home page is mostly devoted to quotations and poems from his favourite writers rather than to politics. Although he has opted for a national focus, Van Rompuy says his Jesuit upbringing imbued him with a strong European identity. ...

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Forthcoming Events

17 November: Cathal Goan launches six FÁS publications  – Hopkins Room, Leeson Street, 6.00 pm. 18 November: Irish School of Ecumenics sponsors a public lecture by Professor Ron Large on “Vietnam-Iraq: Language and the Ethics of War and Peace” at the Synge Theatre, Arts Block, TCD, 7 pm 20  November: Pioneer Community Reflection in Eglish; see above: “Pioneers taking stock”. ...

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