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Micrographia (Dover Phoenix Editions) ➭ Micrographia (Dover Phoenix Editions) Read ➵ Author Robert Hooke – Buyprobolan50.co.uk 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 The prime impetus for the spread of microscopy during the th 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 mosuito No scientific background is necessary to appreciate its ideas inspirations and insights.


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  1. Lytle Lytle says:

    Newton’s famous line “If I have seen 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 a central effect The vista in Hooke’s book though is not so much from a giant’s shoulders as it is of a giants features its toenails and ear lobes its pimples and nose hairs—inasmuch as every uotidian object has suddenly in Microgaphia undergone a miraculous scale leap under the microscope the familiar products of human ingenuity like the razor and needle suddenly appearing not only de idealized but also so irregular as to be unrecognizable properly monstrous as the insects in particular have become But Newton has turned away looking from the giant not at him—in effect using the book’s analytical powers to pursue uestions not there outlined or even entirely comprehended


  2. Douglas Summers-Stay Douglas Summers-Stay says:

    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 booksSome of the things he was interested in when you strike a flint and steel what are the sparks made of? Why is silk translucent? Could you make transparent linen? Why do flies have so many eyes? Do mushrooms grow from seeds? Is mold a plant? What kinds of plants is moss related to? Where do gnats come from? And on and on There's no way to summarize he just looked at everything he could think of and thought very carefully about what his observations meant It's so different from the writings of men of learning from even a generation before that are so mixed up with false received wisdom and beliefs that are completely unfoundedAll throughout are the most incredible illustrations many fold out drawn from careful observation He must have looked at one part at a time and assembled all the parts in his head to get such large detailed illustrationsThe book also inspired me to read some other material about Hooke This paper shows his ideas about a mechanical memory which were about 200 years ahead of his time He figured that the soul made use of an organ for perceiving the passage of time the same way it made use of the eye and hand to perceive space And this organ he hypothesized had a material in it that was like a glow in the dark paint board but longer lasting it maintained an impression he uses the word phosphorescent These memories could be brought to the attention of the soul by resonance like a glass will resonate with the song of an opera singer he pictured them spiraling out from the seat of the soul so that the furthest past memories were the most distant


  3. John Gribbin John Gribbin says:

    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 his own For centuries in Newton’s shadow Hooke is now rightly regarded as Newton’s eual in everything except mathematical prowess He was the rock on which the early success of the Royal Society of London was built – and he wrote much entertainingly than Newton


  4. Dan Dan says:

    Taking my time with the Octavo digital edition of this amazing book I saw an original at the San Francisco Antiuarian 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 Baroue cycle


  5. Naomi Rapier Naomi Rapier says:

    Though I admittedly did not read the entire text I read enough to be deeply impressed I was curious about the background of Micrographia so I did a bit of research Apparently Micrographia helped to bring science into the interest of the wide public for the first time By virtue of having detailed images Micrographia was available to virtually the entire population and added to the public desire to stay abreast with new developments and discuss them in a public sphere that extends beyond just scholars of the dayI think one of my favorite things about this book is how Hooke characterizes his compound microscope The next care to be taken in respect of the senses is a supplying of their Infirmities with Instruments and as it were the adding of artificial Organs to the natural He pointed out that mankind had reached the limit of science that could be performed using the bare senses The idea that Hooke had to represent a microscope as an external organ to be taken seriously makes me realize how much science I have taken for grantedI highly recommend this book I read the project Gutenburg free text I really enjoyed how the original old English was preserved in this edition


  6. Angel Angel says:

    Science and disappointmentI bought this kindle version because the description says it's illustrated I am doing some research into microbiomes currently and this book was mentioned I am very interested But the only illustrations in this book are very tiny and lumped together on the last two pages They aren't even in the body of the book itself where they would have been much appreciated For a 99 book it's acceptable i suppose But i am disappointed


  7. Adam Adam says:

    Very interesting both for the impressive drawings Hooke made with his microscope and the insights into early modern scientific thought and techniues It would probably be a better read if edited and adapted into contemporary English with standardized spellings


  8. Jim Jim says:

    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 v


  9. Anthony Anthony says:

    read this on microform


  10. Scott Scott says:

    classic of science get the facsimile Gryphon Editions fantastic


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