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Time was. Time is past. By the late 18th century this study on Folly Bridge had become a place of pilgrimage for scientists, but the building was pulled down in to allow for road widening. The Westgate plaque at Oxford. William Blake 's visionary head of "Friar Bacon". Four years after the invasion of , the pope sent an ambassador to the Great Khan's capital in Mongolia.
Other travellers followed later, of whom the most interesting was William of Rubruck or Ruysbroek. He returned in , and in the following year there are reports of experiments with gunpowder and rockets at Cologne.
Then a friend of William of Rubruck, Roger Bacon, gave the first account of gunpowder and its use in fireworks to be written in Europe. A form of gunpowder had been known in China since before AD , and as mentioned earlier Much of this knowledge had reached the Islamic countries by then, and the saltpetre used in making gunpowder there was sometimes referred to, significantly, as 'Chinese snow'. Charles Scribner's Sons. III, pp. III , Pt. II , Pt. V, Pt. University of Arizona. Retrieved 3 December VII, Ch. Bacon , iii.
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