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Micrographia

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The prime impetus for the spread of microscopy during the 18th century, this classic moves gracefully among its topics, including the structure of molds, visual apparatus of the fly, cellular structure of cork, and life cycle of the mosquito. No scientific background is necessary to appreciate its ideas, inspirations, and insights.
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published December 15th 2003 by Dover Publications (first published May 1st 1987)
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Lytle
Aug 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Newton’s famous line: “If I have seen more than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants.” This is in a letter to Robert Hooke of all people, with whom he was in dispute about optics, especially color. Newton is in a way acknowledging that he’s benefited from reading Hooke’s work. But if one plugs that comment into the context of Hooke’s most famous publication, Micrographia, which is certainly the main work Newton read, gigantism is in fact a central concern, or at least ...more
Dan
Jun 11, 2009 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Taking my time with the Octavo digital edition of this amazing book. I saw an original at the San Francisco Antiquarian Book Fair for a rather hefty price, with the famous foldout engraving of a flea displayed (behind glass, of course). Hooke was featured as one of the strangest character in Neal Stephenson's Baroque cycle...
Douglas Summers-Stay
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Robert Hooke was a member of the Royal Society, the first scientists proper in England. He did all kinds of experiments about anything he could think of, but this books is mainly about his discoveries made with the microscope. It was first published in 1665, and the version I read is a direct reproduction. The language isn't hard to understand, but the use of long s's that look like f's makes it slow reading. I guess I should be grateful it's not in Latin, like Kircher's books.
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Jim
Mar 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Originally published in 1665, Micrographia is the most famous and influential work of English scholar ROBERT HOOKE (1635-1703), a notable member of the Royal Society and the scientist for whom Hooke's Law of elasticity is named. Here, Hooke describes his observations of various household and biological specimens, such as the eye of a fly and the structure of plants, and became the first person to use the term cell in biology, as the cells in plants reminded him of monk's living quarters. In add

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John Gribbin
Sep 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
The first great scientific book written in English, beautifully illustrated (many of the drawings were by Hooke’s friend Christopher Wren) and easily accessible for the layman. Samuel Pepys got an early copy and sat up reading it until 2 am, writing in his diary that it was “the most ingenious book that ever I read in my life.” Hooke not only described the microscopic world, but also astronomy, geology and the nature of light, setting out ideas which Isaac Newton later lifted and passed off as h ...more
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read this on microform :-)
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Robert Hooke FRS (/hʊk/; 28 July [O.S. 18 July] 1635 – 3 March 1703) was an English natural philosopher, architect and polymath.

His adult life comprised three distinct periods: as a scientific inquirer lacking money; achieving great wealth and standing through his reputation for hard work and scrupulous honesty following the great fire of 1666, but eventually becoming ill and party to jealous inte
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