A biography of a brilliant, largely forgotten maverick – a major figure in the 17th-century cultural and scientific revolutions.The brilliant, largely forgotten maverick Robert Hooke was an engineer, surveyor, architect and inventor who was appointed London's Chief Surveyor after the Great Fire of 1666. Throughout the 1670s he worked tirelessly with his intimate friend Christopher Wren to rebuild London, personally designing many notable public and private buildings, including the monument to the fire. He was the first Curator of Experiments at the Royal Society, and author and illustrator of ‘Micrographia', a lavishly illustrated volume of fascinating engravings of natural phenomena as seen under the new microscope. He designed an early balance-spring watch, was a virtuoso performer of public anatomical dissections of animals, and kept himself going with liberal doses of cannabis and poppy water (laudanum).
'Jardine...has made important archival discoveries...her prose sparkles.' Sunday Telegraph 'Jardine sets out to penetrate the obscurity and show us the man...a fascinating, impeccably researched account.' Jenny Uglow, The Guardian 'Lisa Jardine is a new star on England's literary and historical scene. She has a gift, which so few historians possess, of making the past seem relevant to our own times.' Paul Johnson
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 6th September 2004
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.1 x 14.6 x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.33