Robert Hooke, Micrographia


Robert Hooke, Micrographia


  • Intro

    The scientist Robert Hooke was a mapmaking pioneer, architect, astronomer, biologist, and ingenious experimenter. He was a founding member and ‘curator of experiments’ at the Royal Society, the national academy of science - a society traditionally at the cutting edge of scientific discovery in Britain. His book 'Micrographia' (shown here), was the first important work on microscopy (the study of minute objects by means of a microscope). First published in 1664, the book contains beautiful illustrations of some of the specimens Hooke viewed under the microscopes that he designed. Among its drawings and observations is this famous and extraordinarily detailed large-scale illustration of a flea.


    Shelfmark: 435.e.19, XXXIV

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