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England's Leonardo : Robert Hooke and the seventeenth-century scientific revolution /
Allan Chapman.
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Bristol ; Philadelphia : Institute of Physics, c2005.
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xv, 330 p., [29] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0750309873 (hbk.)
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imprint
Bristol ; Philadelphia : Institute of Physics, c2005.
isbn
0750309873 (hbk.)
catalogue key
5401048
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 269-318) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Allan Chapman is a professional historian of science at the Faculty of Modern History, Oxford.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2006-05-01:
Chapman's enthusiasm for Hooke's (1635-1703) accomplishments and the urge to redefine the Hooke-Newton relationship result in an engagingly informative and novel brief biography. The preface summarizes the emergence in the 1990s (with the new availability of Hooke manuscripts and diaries) of an "international 'Hooke industry'" in anticipation of the 2003 tercentenary of Hooke's death. Although Chapman's formal education was in history and history of science, not engineering, his fascination with Hooke's wide-ranging inventiveness led him to collect, build, and test some of the mechanical devices attributed to Hooke. He is skilled in explaining clearly how Hooke's inventions and instruments worked. This is not a typical biography, as nine of the fourteen chapters each focuses on problems from one of the astonishingly wide range of scientific fields to which Hooke significantly contributed. Some therefore may cover a span of decades. There is an excellent section of 33 well-produced plates, to which more cross-references would be useful. The 49 pages of endnotes (many of considerable interest) would be better served if chapter numbers were given as headers on text pages and note pages. A welcome expansion of a 1996 lecture by Chapman (Oxford Univ.) in Proceedings of the Royal Institution of Great Britain. Satisfactory index. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General readers; lower-division undergraduates through faculty. E. R. Webster emerita, Wellesley College
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Summaries
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This biography of Robert Hooke covers all aspects of his life & work, from his early life on the Isle of Wight & his apprenticeship as an artist in London, his scholarship at Westminster school & further study at Oxford University, where he became part of a group who would form the original Fellowship of the Royal Society.
Main Description
All physicists are familiar with Hooke's law of springs, but few will know of his theory of combustion, that his Micrographia was the first book on microscopy, that his astronomical observations were some of the best seen at the time, that he contributed to the knowledge of respiration, insect flight and the properties of gases, that his work on gravitation preceded that of Newton's, that he invented the universal joint, and that he was an architect of distinction and a surveyor for the City of London after the Great Fire.England's Leonardo is a biography of Hooke covering all aspects of his work, from his early life on the Isle of Wight through his time at Oxford University, where he became part of a group who would form the original Fellowship of the Royal Society. The author adopts a novel approach at this stage, dividing the book by chapter according to the fields of research-Physiology, Engineering, Microscopy, Astronomy, Geology, and Optics-in which Hooke applied himself. The book concludes with a chapter considering the legacy of Hooke and his impact on science.
Main Description
All physicists are familiar with Hooke's law of springs, but few will know of his theory of combustion, that his Micrographia was the first book on microscopy, that his astronomical observations were some of the best seen at the time, that he contributed to the knowledge of respiration, insect flight and the properties of gases, that his work on gravitation preceded that of Newton's, that he invented the universal joint, and that he was an architect of distinction and a surveyor for the City of London after the Great Fire. England's Leonardo is a biography of Hooke covering all aspects of his work, from his early life on the Isle of Wight through his time at Oxford University, where he became part of a group who would form the original Fellowship of the Royal Society. The author adopts a novel approach at this stage, dividing the book by chapter according to the fields of research-Physiology, Engineering, Microscopy, Astronomy, Geology, and Optics-in which Hooke applied himself. The book concludes with a chapter considering the legacy of Hooke and his impact on science.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Early Life: The Prodigy from the Isle of Wightp. 1
Breathing, Burning, and Flying: Hooke's Scientific Apprenticeshipp. 17
The Curator of Experimentsp. 34
Microscopes and Meteorologyp. 55
Hooke and the Astronomersp. 72
Medicine and Physiologyp. 97
Surveyor to the City of Londonp. 120
A World Turned Upside Down: Hooke's Geological Ideasp. 135
A World of Mechanismp. 153
A Realm of Vibration: Of Flight, Spring, Watches and Musicp. 171
'A Large Window ...into the Shop of Nature': Hooke and Lightp. 185
From Pendulums to Planets: Experiments and the Understanding of Gravityp. 197
Friends, Mistresses, Religion and Politics: Hooke's Inner Worldp. 215
Death and Historical Legacyp. 250
Portraits of Robert Hookep. 262
Endnotesp. 269
List of Works Abbreviated in the Notesp. 319
Indexp. 321
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