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London's Leonardo : the life and work of Robert Hooke

Author: J A Bennett; et al
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Interest in Robert Hooke (1635-1703) is growing and his reputation is rising. A widespread sympathy for a neglected figure of seventeenth-century science is being displaced by something more positive - a mixture of astonishment at the extraordinary range and diversity of his talents, esteem for the originality and acumen of his science, admiration for his administrative capability and civic integrity, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Robert Hooke; Robert Hooke
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: J A Bennett; et al
ISBN: 0198525796 9780198525790
OCLC Number: 60582296
Description: xii, 224 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Contents: Hooke's career / Michael Cooper --
Hooke's instruments / Jim Bennett --
Hooke the natural philosopher / Michael Hunter --
Hooke the man : his diary and his health / Lisa Jardine.
Responsibility: Jim Bennett ... [et al.]
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Four expert historians have collaborated on this biography of Robert Hooke, such is the complexity and richness of the man and his work. They focus upon his career, his instruments, his philosophy  Read more...

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