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Hooke’s microscopic world


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15:00 - 16:00


The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG


An exploration of the work and motivation of one of the first English scientists.

Microscopic view of a spider (1665)

In 1665 Robert Hooke published the first fully-illustrated book of microscopy, Micrographia. The book introduced its readers to a whole new world of tiny organisms, and astonished people with its beautiful images. It was an instant success – but was it just about documenting science, or was Hooke encouraging his readers to take part in scientific observation themselves?

In her talk, Dr Felicity Henderson searched Hooke’s microscopic discoveries in the plant and insect worlds for answers.

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History of Science lecture as part of the Open House Weekend

The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK
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