Churches, publick buildings, marketplaces, and the like, in proper and. This book includes hookes famous and astonishingly detailed illustration of a flea an image which fills a huge foldout page, 43x33 cm. The plate of a the flea the largest of the book, for example, is separated into nine high resolution tiles which, once reunited, make a poster of about 27 x 16 inches 702 x 418 millimeters. Hookes compound microscope with its illumination system containing a brinefilled sphere and a planoconvex lens to form a condenser and a new adjustable specimen holder see figure 3 for more details. The book is renowned for its magnificent plates, mostly drawn with the. It is his most famous work, and is notable for the stunning illustrations, drawn by hooke himself. Pdf the incredible, invisible world of robert hooke. The book was dedicated to charles ii, patron of the royal society. Micrographia new le is here folio society devotees. Micrographia the complete facsimile of the first printing of 1665. Micrographia by robert hooke, 1665 the british library. My micrographia has arrived from italy, clearly not in fact published by the royal society. The second text i looked at was robert hookes micrographia an early edition of which is held in special collections. Robert hooke 1635 1703 was an english natural philosopher, architect and polymath, best known for his discoveries and observations on biology.
Further instructions in this book will help you to make great posters from these tiled plates of micrographia. Very disappointing as the rest of the book is well produced, however the illustrations are the works most impressive point and this version does them no justice at all. Samuel pepys famously sat up until 2am reading micrographia, and described it in his diary as the most ingenious book that ever i read in my life. Most startling of all, a gigantic flea escapes from the book on to a foldout sheet. Even the wonderful flea picture is barely 2cm x 2cm. Written by robert hooke in the 17th century, micrographia is an illustrated book of objects viewed through the then cuttingedge technology of. The picture of the flea shown above is one of his most famous images.
Robert hookes 350 year old science book on display. Today is the 380 th anniversary of hookes birth, below we explore hookes work in more detail. This book includes hooke s famous and astonishingly detailed illustration of a flea an image which fills a huge foldout page, 43x33 cm. Shop for robert hooke art prints from our community of independent artists and iconic brands. The text celebrates the beauty of this tiny wingless insect, adornd with a curiously polishd suit of sable black armour and multitudes of sharp pinns, shapd almost like porcupines quills p. It was particularly noted for its beautiful and informative illustrations. Each robert hooke art print is produced using archival inks, ships within 48 hours, and comes with a 30day money back guarantee. An introduction to robert hookes micrographia by dr william poole, official tutorial fellow, new college. Hookes wonderful discoveries by the microscope, reprinted and fully explained. There is a threedimensional realism in hookes famed study of the flea pulex corporis, the parasite of humans so familiar in the 17th century. Hookes law, an equation to describe elasticity, was published in 1678. A modern reconstruction of robert hookes compound microscope, copied from the engraving and description in his book micrographia, the first important work on microscopy.
Includes a digitized facsimile of the 1665 london edition of hookes micrographia from the copy in the warnock library, and a commentary by brian j. It recreates these in large, fullpage sometimes foldout illustrations. Micrographia by robert hooke meet your next favorite book. Originally published in 1665, micrographia is the most famous and influential work of english scholar robert hooke 16351703, a notable member of the royal society and the scientist for whom hookes law of elasticity is named. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Robert hooke, micrographia, flea wellcome collection. Customize your robert hooke print with hundreds of. The seventeenth century polymath robert hooke, who was born 17th 18th july. Figure 2 hookes hygrometer made from the beards of grains of wild oats from micrographia, 1665, schema xv. Hookes reputation as a biologist rests on his book micrographia, which was published in 1665.
Micrographia some physiological descriptions of minute bodies made by magnifying glasses with observations and inquiries thereupon language. This year marks the 350th anniversary of the publication of micrographia. With microscopes and other optical devices, hooke drew and then oversaw the engraving of micrographias plates, images that amount to little. The micrographia is the most famous work written by robert hooke 16351703. Titlepage printed in red and black with engraved arms of the royal society. Robert hookes flea vote was closed and made a featured picture, making my comment here at the top for visibility only. Written by robert hooke it was the scientific equivalent of a bestseller, and documented hooke s observations of the microscopic world. Micrographia was the first book in english to show observations made under a microscope. It is the great prerogative of mankind above other creatures, that we are not only able to behold the works of nature, or barely to sustein our lives by them, but we have also the power of considering, comparing, altering, assisting, and improving them to various uses.
View images from this item 23 robert hooke 16351703 was not only a scientist, he was a mapmaking pioneer, architect, astronomer, biologist and ingenious experimenter. Hookes wonderful illustrations, reproduced in this book, are far too small to discern any details. Micrographia is an illustrated book of objects viewed through the then. The project gutenberg ebook of micrographia, by robert hooke. Illustration of a flea, 1664, from robert hookes micrographia. Robert hooke, micrographia 1665 special collections. Imagine folding out the supersized plate with the image of the flea, and seeing for the first time those powerful legs, armourplated body and hooked claws. The book hit the scientific book market like a bomb, to quote matthew cobb from his. Micrographia, or, some physiological descriptions of minute bodies made by magnifying glasses. Robert hookes material models matthew hunter robert hookes micrographia of 1665 is an epochal work in the history of scienti. Very disappointing as the rest of the book is well produced, however the illustrations are the works most impressive point and this version does them no.
He was a founding member and curator of experiments at the royal society, an academy at the cutting edge of scientific discovery. Hooke is believed to have used this microscope for the observations that formed the basis of micrographia. Micrographia was published by the royal society in 1665 and is acknowledged as the first major publication by that society. Robert hookes micrographia of 1665 and 1667 request pdf.
Orders from the council of the royal society of london for improving of natural knowledge to print robert hookes book title page micrographia. Unfortunately hookes wonderful illustrations, reproduced in this book, are far too small to discern any details. Robert hookes micrographia of 1665 and 1667 article in the journal of the royal college of physicians of edinburgh 404. Among its drawings and observations is this famous and extraordinarily detailed largescale illustration of a flea. Historical anatomies home browse titles robert hookes micrographia turn the pages bibliographic information access full digitized book spine.
Hookes micrographia is a remarkable book in several respects, but in none more strikingly so than on account of the explanation which it contains of its authors clear views respecting the theory of combustioneditors preface this material has been provided by. Fullsize reconstruction of robert hookes 16351703 compound microscope copied from the engraving and description in his book micrographia 1665, the first important work on microscopy. Robert hookes 350 year old science book on display bbc news. There were only three issues of the original plates. M030 00276 courtesy billings microscope collection, national museum of health and medicine, maryland.
This ground breaking book of microscopy was written by robert hooke 16351703. Free delivery on book orders dispatched by amazon over. In his famous book, micrographia, he coined the word cell to name the smallest parts of any living organism, and inspired the use of microspcopes for scientific exploration. Micrographia some physiological descriptions of minute bodies made. Hooke 16351703 studied at oxford university, where he met robert boyle and assisted him in the construction of an air pump for use in his experiments on the effects of reduced gas pressures. Hookes famous fold out plate of a flea robert hooke 16351703 was appointed as the first curator of experiments in 1662 at the newly formed royal society of london, a position he was to hold for over forty years. Hookes compound microscope and its illuminating system, 16651675. His micrographia was a landmark in the study and depiction of the natural worlds smallest objects and creatures, previously unobserved by the naked eye. Get premium, high resolution news photos at getty images. Fellow of this society, entituled, micrographia, or some physiological descriptions of minute bodies, made by magnifying glasses, with observations and inquiries thereupon, be printed by john martyn, and james allestry, printers to the said society. Hooke described in detail the structure of feathers, the stinger of a bee, the radula, or tongue, of mollusks, and the. This scholarly tome, by robert hooke, was the first to use the new microscope to investigate the previously invisible.644 1534 281 752 487 29 1247 908 648 1511 215 1285 1325 278 1411 1464 264 40 503 849 1200 55 1463 1155 1032 1181 859 940 480 903 1197 726 1100 1397 798 584 1299 501 652 185 733 506 546