Hooke's Books - New NLM® Web Exhibit
Robert Hooke (1635-1703) was a remarkably versatile man artist, biologist, physicist, engineer, architect, inventor, and more. However, his crowning glory was Micrographia: or Some Physiological Descriptions of Minute Bodies made by Magnifying Glasses, first published 1665 (see Figure 1). It was a masterpiece an exquisitely illustrated introduction to the previously unknown microscopic world. This exhibit focuses on Hooke's influences and legacy in print, the pioneering books that stimulated Hooke's research, and the works he left for others most famously the great Dutch microscopist, Antoni van Leeuwenhk (1632-1723).
Figure 1: Digital images from Micrographia: or Some Physiological Descriptions of Minute Bodies
made by Magnifying Glasses
Greenberg S. Hooke's Books - New NLM® Web Exhibit. NLM Tech Bull. 2008 Jul-Aug; (363):e13.