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The First Professional Scientist

Robert Hooke and the Royal Society of London

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Robert Hooke was long the intellectual center of the Royal Society of London, serving as curator of experiments for thirty years and briefly as secretary. He was also key in rebuilding London after the fire. This book chronicles Hooke’s scientific work.


Titel: The First Professional Scientist
Autoren/Herausgeber: Robert D. Purrington
Aus der Reihe: Science Networks. Historical Studies
Ausgabe: 2009

ISBN/EAN: 9783034600361

Seitenzahl: 283
Format: 24,4 x 17 cm
Produktform: Hardcover/Gebunden
Gewicht: 720 g
Sprache: Englisch

A contemporary of Christopher Wren, Robert Boyle, and Isaac Newton, and close friend of all but Newton, Robert Hooke (1635-1703), one of the founders of the early scientific revolution, faded into almost complete obscurity after his death and remained there for nearly three centuries. The result has been that his role in the scientific revolution has been almost totally ignored. He was the first professional scientist worthy of the name, working for the young Royal Society of London as its curator of experiments for four decades. He became the Society’s intellectual center, and for a while its Secretary, roles which led to confrontation with Newton. He made important contributions to pneumatics, mechanics, microscopy, astronomy, and geology, and was partner to Wren in rebuilding London after the Fire. - Newsletter
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