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England's Leonardo: Robert Hooke and the Seventeenth Century Scientific Revolution

Biography / Memoir

By: A Chapman

330 pages, B/w plates

Institute of Physics Publishing

Hardback | Dec 2005 | #155533 | ISBN: 0750309873
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Robert Hooke's genius as a scientist was being noted in London and Oxford by the early 1660s. As he entered middle age in the mid-1670s he enjoyed a reputation as an astronomer, horologist, microscopist, physiologist and as an outstanding exponent of the `experimental method' that resonated throughout Europe. By the eighteenth century Hooke's memory was becoming obscured, and it was not until recent times that Hooke's genius was again recognised. Here Allan Chapman traces Hooke's life from his birth on the Isle of Wight, his early years at Westminster School and his time at Christ Church, Oxford, where he became one of the founding group of the Royal Society, to his death in 1703.


PrefaceAcknowledgmentsEarly Life: the Prodigy from the Isle of WightBreathing, Burning and Flying: Hooke's Scientific ApprenticeshipThe Curator of ExperimentsMicroscopes and MeteorologyHooke and the AstronomersMedicince and PhysiologySurveyor to the City of LondonA World Turned Upside Down: Hooke's Geological IdeasA World of MechanismA Realm of Vibration: of Flight, Spring, Watches and Music'A Large Window...into the Shop of Nature': Hooke and LightFrom Pendulums to Planets: Experiments and the Understanding of GravityFriends, Mistresses, Religion and Politics: Hooke's Inner WorldDeath and Historical LegacyEndnotesIndex

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