Robert Hooke: Multidimensional Scientist and Polymath

Born today was Robert Hooke

All fields of science he studied well.*

On microscopic life his book

Was where he coined the term "a cell".

*1. Discovered law of Elasticity[Hooke's Law]

2. Studied combustion and theorized the role of a gas which turned out to be oxygen

3. Theorized that fossils were preserved living things

4. Used parallax to determine stellar distances

5. Discovered one  of the first double-star systems, Gamma Arietis

6. Helped Christopher Wren rebuild London after the Great Fire of 1666

7. Explained capillary action

8. Created a scientific model of the human memory that included encoding, memory, capacity, repetition, retrieval, and forgetting

9.Wrote a famous description of a fly's eye


Hooke's engraving of the eye of a drone fly

Filed under: nature, science, trivia

Tags: 1635-1703, Micrographia


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  • From that window, apparently worked in the Social Sciences building at the U of C.

  • In reply to jack:

    If so, he was a man ahead of his time.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Apparently was anyway.

  • And what contemporaries---Christopher Wren, Hobbes, Leibniz and Newton!

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    Thanks, W.G., but don't forget Descartes, Galileo, Kepler, William Harvey, Francis Bacon, Huygens, Halley, and Leeuwenhoek. Wow!

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