Thursday, January 31, 2013

Biography Thursday, 1.31.13 / From the Stacks

The Curious Life of Robert Hooke: the Man Who Measured London by Lisa Jardine, pub. 2004, call # B HOO

On our closing day of Math and Science Month at the LMC, we have a biography selection that honors the scientist Robert Hooke. Check out the book's summary, and then come to the LMC to check it out!

"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 proved fatal 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."

~ Mrs. Z

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