Stevin was a noted mathematician, and also experimented in the construction of wheel vehicles about 1600.
He translated the Portuum investigandorum ratio of Stevin in 1599.
Stevin of Bruges reckons up 2170 monosillables, which being compounded, how richly do they grace a tongue.
A curious account of this early project is to be found in the library of the British Museum, under the name "Stevin, 1652."
Stevin supposed a chain to be placed over two inclined planes, and to hang down in the manner represented in the figure.
It is interesting to note that Wright translated Stevin's work into English.
Stevin also built a smaller sail vehicle, similar to the one just described, that carried from five to eight persons.