John Dee was the 16th century’s real-life Gandalf
Jason Louv, writing for Boing Boing:
Dr. John Dee, Queen Elizabeth I’s court astrologer, may be one of the greatest geniuses in European intellectual history—a man responsible, it seems, for the modern world itself.
For the next twenty-five years, he would work as England’s foremost practical and theoretical scientist, advocating heliocentrism, lifting astronomy from obscurity, teaching mathematics and, crucially, developing systems of navigation and optics that would help establish England’s naval superiority. He also made startling scientific predictions—of the telescope, of the speed of light and fourth dimension, and of uses of optics for weapons and solar power that would not be tried until the 1960s.
Who was this guy again?
Dee, who was also instrumental in the creation of the British intelligence service, signed his letters to Elizabeth “007”
Dee. John Dee.