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Robert Hooke: New Studies

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Overview

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 theory 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.MICHAEL HUNTER is Reader in History, Birkbeck College, University of London; his published work includes 'An Astrological Diary of the 17th Century: Samuel Jeake of Rye' and 'Science and Society in Restoration England'. SIMON SCHAFFER is University Lecturer in the History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. He has published 'The Uses of Experiment: Studies in the Natural Science' and 'William Whewell: Studies on his Life and Work'(co-editor).
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'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 —inventor, architect, surveyor of the city of London and man of science — 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 RE&Vgrave;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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780851155234
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 12/14/1989
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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