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A new visible world: Robert Hooke’s Micrographia

History of science

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11:30 - 12:30


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


Mould viewed under a microscope, from Robert Hooke’s Micrographia (1665)’ © The Royal Society

In 1665 Robert Hooke published the first fully-illustrated book of microscopy, amazing his readers with a whole new world of tiny structures. In her talk, historian Dr Felicity Henderson toured the weird and wonderful shapes of tiny everyday objects, from a flea to a printed full-stop, and learn how Hooke changed the way people understood the world. 

This talk was part of The Big Draw - Seeing closer event at the Royal Society on Saturday 17 October 2015.