The Curious Life of Robert Hooke

The Curious Life of Robert Hooke

The Man Who Measured London

Book - 2004
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The brilliant, largely forgotten maverick Robert Hooke was an engineer, surveyor, architect, and inventor who worked tirelessly with his intimate friend Christopher Wren to rebuild London after the Great Fire of 1666.He was the first Curator of Experiments at the Royal Society, and his engravings of natural phenomena seen under the new microscope appeared in his masterpiece, the acclaimed Micrographia, one of the most influential volumes of the day.

But Hooke's irascible temper and his passionate idealism provedfatal for his relationships with important political figures, most notably Sir Isaac Newton: their quarrel is legendary. As a result, historical greatness eluded Robert Hooke. Now, eminent historian Lisa Jardine does this original thinker of indefatigable curiosity and imagination justice and allows him to take his place as a major figure in the seventeenth century intellectual and scientific revolution.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, [2004], ©2004
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780060538989
0060538988
9780060538972
006053897X
Branch Call Number: 921 Hooke
Description: ix, 422 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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The story of an irascible man who was behind many of the scientific, technical, and architectural achievements of the Restoration era.


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