... where he is buried: "Reader, if you seek his monument---look around you" (Wikipedia: Christopher Wren: Death: 1723 Feb25: Epitaph).
Christopher Wren has the remarkable achievement in cosmology of being the first person in the historical record to speculate that nebulae (historical usage) were other galaxies:
The term firmanment in pre-17th-century usage was a sort of synonym for celestial sphere of the stars of Aristotelian cosmology. However, Christopher Wren is stretching the meaning to what we would call a galaxy.
Christopher Wren's suggestion of other galaxies had NO impact on the historical evolution of astronomy, but it is a mark of his genius---Christopher Wren, one of the firstborn of the Age of Reason.
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