Hooke - Overshadowed by one of the most important thinkers...

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Overshadowed by one of the most important thinkers of the 17 th century. Robert Hooke Different social background than many others o Came from fairly modest background, had to work for a living Had to turn his wits into money o Born in Southern England – Isle of Wight Sickly, hunchback o Showed remarkable ability with mechanical things at a very early age Take apart clocks, make his own o Was a Mechanical Philosopher Agreed with Descartes but also that the world is a machine, like clockwork Went to Oxford, didn’t get a degree o There he went to work for Robert Boyle as lab assistant Worked on air pump, Boyle’s law Hooke does all the work, is mentioned but Boyle takes all the credit o 1664 – Hooke working as curator of experiments for Royal Society He was expected by the society to bring before them several substantial experiments every week, Hooke is able to do it but it wears him out, damages health Also kept record for society Some of the records and notes were taken out or missing
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This note was uploaded on 12/03/2011 for the course HISTORY 322D taught by Professor Hunt during the Fall '11 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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