An analysis of the works by robert hooke
The challenge to Aristotelian ideas was strengthened when Thomas Willis, who was Hooke's first Oxford employer, began to experiment with a new preparation named aurum fulminans, or exploding gold gold fulminatewhich could explode without fire.
The Wiltshire landed gentleman, sliding inexorably into bankruptcy, contrasted sharply with the curate's son who was also an astute man of business, but they got on excellently.
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A crucible of saltpetre, or nitre, had been heated until it melted. He argued that the motions of comets, whereby they were pulled out of once stable orbits to move near the sun and earth, must be occasioned by the 'vortices' through which gravity operated. He summed them up under three headings: 1 that gravitation exists towards the centres of all bodies, and between all bodies; 2 that all bodies will move in straight lines under their own impulse, but can be disturbed into orbits by other gravitational bodies; 3 that gravity acts more powerfully when bodies are closer together than when further apart, but 'what these several degrees are I have not yet experimentally verified'. If Micrographia was so important within the scientific community, it must be remembered that its influence on the cultured laity, like Pepys, was equally profound. When Boyle did succeed in focusing sunlight on gunpowder, however, he found that it did not combust as rapidly as it did in air, but that aurum fulminans, when dropped onto a heated plate inside the airpump receiver, dissolved in a flash: History of Chemistry, Vol. Mare , London, , p. As no rubber-based elastic materials were known in the seventeenth century, it is likely that his principal experimental agents were metal springs and gunpowder, which sometimes figure in the seventeen references to flight that occur in his Diary between and While it goes without saying that Hooke was an experimentalist in the Baconian tradition, it is obvious to anyone who reads Hooke's writings that he was no methodological purist. If one gently tapped the spoon on to a table top, the chemical exploded violently and blew the coin up to the ceiling.
In his Cutlerian Lecture Lampas, delivered to the Royal Society inHooke developed his ideas on combustion when he analysed the parts of a lamp or candle flame. He also demonstrated that a dog could be kept alive with its thorax opened, provided air was pumped in and out of its lungs, and noting the difference between venous and arterial blood.
He likened the 'pits' to those found on the surface of a pot of boiling alabaster, or the outlines of the bubbles that remained if one blew air through a nearly solidified mixture of pipe-clay and water p.
His old Oxford encourager, Dr John Wilkins, could well have been one of his backers, for Wilkins was well connected in the City, but we have no certain knowledge.
Richard Towneley, A Description of an Instrument for dividing a Foot into many thousand parts, and thereby measuring the diameters of planets to great exactness, Philosophical Transactions, 2 But it was the observations of moulds of various kinds, 'Eels in Vinegar', and of insects that were the most sensational Observations 53 and 54, pp.
Micrographia is not the earliest example of microscopic drawings being mass-produced in this way, but it is the first of its kind in that it is entirely devoted to the microscopy and accompanying commentary. As a mechanist, Hooke looked for physical connections in nature through which gravity might operate, and this led him to believe that an aether must exist whereby it along with light and magnetism could move or resonate.
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Micrographia is not the earliest example of microscopic drawings being mass-produced in this way, but it is the first of its kind in that it is entirely devoted to the microscopy and accompanying commentary. Hooke considered that the primary forces of nature, such as light, magnetism, and gravity, might act through aethers, or parts of the aether, that were peculiar to themselves. Hooke noted that Leeuwenhoek's simple microscopes gave clearer images than his compound microscope, but found simple microscopes difficult to use: he called them "offensive to my eye" and complained that they "much strained and weakened the sight. Robert Hooke, architect and City surveyor It may seem strange to us today that a man without any practical training in building or architecture should have been appointed by the City of London authorities to be their Surveyor following the Great Fire in Anchor escapement Anchor escapement In , according to his autobiographical notes, Hooke began to acquaint himself with astronomy, through the good offices of John Ward. Also De Potentia Restitutiva ref 31 , p. Even the Second World War took its toll, when the magnificent wooden screen which he designed for the Company of Merchant Taylors was destroyed by a bomb. It did not help that the first biography of Wren, Parentalia, was written by Wren's son, and tended to exaggerate Wren's work over all others. But most of all, he was the man who showed that the 'experimental philosophy' actually worked and could be used to extend the bounds of natural knowledge. Hooke's endlessly hungry mind crossed all social barriers in search of nourishment.
Instead, Hooke devised a frame that could be secured inside the receiver upon which was fastened a cocked pocket pistol with a pinch of gunpowder in its flashpan. Henry Sully, writing in Paris indescribed the anchor escapement as an admirable invention of which Dr.
These questions of the nature of fossils and the possibility of extinction would continue to challenge natural scientists, from Edward Lhwyd and John Ray down to Jean-Baptiste Lamarck and Georges Cuvier.
He summed them up under three headings: 1 that gravitation exists towards the centres of all bodies, and between all bodies; 2 that all bodies will move in straight lines under their own impulse, but can be disturbed into orbits by other gravitational bodies; 3 that gravity acts more powerfully when bodies are closer together than when further apart, but 'what these several degrees are I have not yet experimentally verified'.
Robert Hooke was a man of passionate likes and dislikes and he never forgot a friend or benefactor.
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