Curious Life of Robert Hooke. The Man who Measured London.


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Tall 8vo. In brown cloth covers with gilt to spine. With dustwrapper. In very good condition with very good dustwrapper (dw; Slight creasing to top edge. 2 advertising stickers on front. Price clipped). Author’s signature plate on half title page. A clean and tight copy. 422pp. Prof. ills. with b/w and coloured photographs. English scientist Robert Hooke (1635-1703) is known to history more for losing quarrels with better-known scientists than for his achievements. He dared challenge Newton for credit as discoverer of the inverse-square law of gravitational attraction and lost. In his dispute with Dutch scientist Christaan Huygens over who invented the isochronous pendulum clock, Hooke fared slightly better, since it was discovered that unfriendly members of the fledging Royal Society were slipping word of his discoveries to Huygens. Cambridge Renaissance scholar Jardine follows up her 2002 biography of Christopher Wren with this satisfying rehabilitation of Hooke, Wren’s colleague in rebuilding London after the devastating fire of 1666.

Title: Curious Life of Robert Hooke. The Man who Measured London.

Author Name: JARDINE, LISA:

Categories: HISTORY,

Publisher: Faber & Faber, London. 2003 1st edition.:

Seller ID: 55092

Keywords: HISTORY LISA JARDINE, Robert Hooke, Measured London, scientist, Newton, Wren,