The Man Who Knew Too Much
Robert Hooke was a scientist and architect and during the late 17th century there was hardly a scientific advance or discovery that he did not have something to do with, or lay claim to. He payed his part in the invention of the barometer, the thermometer, the spring-driven watch, the air pump, the diving bell, the telescope and the calculator. He was also Christopher Wren's assistant in rebuilding London after the Great Fire of 1666. However, he died a pauper and his story is little known.
Why was it that Hooke never won the reputation of his famous contemporaries, Isaac Newton, Robert Boyle, Edmund Halley and Christopher Wren? Stephen Inwood goes in search of the man and uncovers this troubled and troublesome character and a story full of incident.
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A very detailed history of the life and works of Robert Hooke, the 17th Century natural philosopher, scientist, inventor, architect, builder, teacher. He was a man of boundless energy who was ... Read full review
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Inwood’s book is complementary to Lisa Jardine’s The Curious Life of Robert Hooke: The Man Who Measured London. It covers much of the same material, but from a slightly different perspective, and ... Read full review
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