Robert Hooke (1635-1703) was one of the greatest figures in the generation when English science first took the lead in the Scientific Revolution. Best know for his "Micrographia" (1665), which combined an exposition of the findings of the microscope with speculations on a variety of scientific topics, Hooke also made major contributions to an astonishing range of subjects, from pneumatics to geology. Equally important was his ingenuity and skill in inventing and refining scientific instruments, clocks and other technological devices, in which he was virtually unsurpassed. Despite his importance, Hooke has been neglected by comparison with his contemporaries, notably Sir Isaac Newton, and this book is intended to redress this balance. It comprises a series of studies of different aspects of Hooke's ideas and activities, from instruments to illness, matter throry to mechanics. Many of these are based on hitherto neglected sources, including a previously unknown inventory of Hooke's possessions at his death, the text of which is included in full.
Apart from the significance of these detailed studies in their own right, they provide a new view of Hooke, which anchors him more firmly than hitherto in his social and intellectual milieu and explores the implications of this for his scientific work. Together, they provide a fresh insight into the formative period of modern science.
`This group of fine essays on Robert Hooke places him firmly among the most interesting of the late-seventeenth-century English virtuosi'. ARCHIVES OF NAT. HIST. 19, 1 (1992)`Hooke Â inventor, architect, surveyor of the city of London and man of science Â was one of the most brilliant English scientists in the seventeenth century, eclipsed only by Newton. His mechanical genius was surpassed by no one. Yet in many respects he is still an elusive character.<>.<>.<>. The multi-authoredvolume on different aspects of Hooke yet again illustrates the versatility of the man's genius.<>.<>.<>. ably held together by the introduction.' NATURE Vol 346, July 1990Individually excellent and scholarly essays... most illuminating and thought-provoking. A conspicuous feature of the collection is the heterogeneity of the scientific topics discussed. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REV`essential reading for all students of Hooke and of the context of Restoration science.' Stephen Pumfrey BRITISH JNL FOR HISTORY OF SCIENCE 24; 9/91`adds coscientific scene.' BIBLIOGRAPHIE CRITIQUE vol 40; 1990
Hooke's instruments for astronomy and navigation, J.A.Bennett; Robert Hooke and practical optics - technical support at a scientific frontier, A.D.C.Simpson; Robert Hooke's longitude timekeeper, Michael Wright; rhetoric and graphic in "micrographia", John T.Harwood; Robert Hooke, the incongruous mechanist, John Henry; Robert Hooke and the dynamics of motion in a curved path, Patri J.Pugliese; geological controversy in the 17th century - Hooke vs Wallis and its aftermath, David R.Oldroyd; experience and experiment - Robert Hooke, illness and medicine, Lucinda McCray Beier; who was Robert Hooke?, Steven Shapin. Appendix: Hooke's possessions at his death - a hitherto unknown inventory.
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 14th December 1989
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 16.51
Weight (kg): 0.7