The First Professional Scientist

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Juli 2009



A contemporary of Christopher Wren, Robert Boyle, and Isaac Newton, and close friend of all but Newton, Robert Hooke (1635-1703), one of the founders of the early scientific revolution, faded into almost complete obscurity after his death and remained there for nearly three centuries. The result has been that his role in the scientific revolution has been almost totally ignored. He was the first professional scientist worthy of the name, working for the young Royal Society of London as its curator of experiments for four decades. He became the Society's intellectual center, and for a while its Secretary, roles which led to confrontation with Newton. He made important contributions to pneumatics, mechanics, microscopy, astronomy, and geology, and was partner to Wren in rebuilding London after the Fire.


Acknowledgments.- Preface.- Restoring Robert Hooke.- Robert Hooke: Indefaticable Genius: Hooke and London.- Promoting Physico-Mathematical-Experimental Learning: Founding the Royal Society of London.- Society of the Muses: The First Decade.- Crisis and Consolidation: 1672-1687.- The Society after the Principia: 1688-1703.- Scientific Virtuoso: Hooke 1655-1687.- And All Was Light: Hooke and Newton on Light and Color.- The Nature of Things Themselves: Robert Hooke, Natural Philosopher.- The System of the World: Hooke and Universal Gravitation, the Inverse-Square Law, and Planetary Orbits.- The Omnipotence of the Creator: Robert Hooke, Astronomer.- The Last Remain: Hooke after the Principia, 1687-1703.-Epilogue.- Bibliography.- Index


From the reviews:"Each chapter is abundantly annotated. These annotations do more than just give a source: they are often quite descriptive in themselves. ... This book describes the life of Hooke as well as his scientific contributions. Reading this book will enable one to see Hooke as the eclectic gentleman that he was. Anyone interested in Hooke or the London scientific community of the 17th century will certainly enjoy perusing it." (Herbert E. Kasube, The Mathematical Association of America, August, 2010)
EAN: 9783034600361
ISBN: 3034600364
Untertitel: Robert Hooke and the Royal Society of London. 'Science Networks. Historical Studies'. Auflage 2009. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Springer Basel AG
Erscheinungsdatum: Juli 2009
Seitenanzahl: XIX
Format: gebunden
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