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2008 JULY–AUGUST No. 363
August 14, 2008 [posted]

Hooke's Books - New NLM® Web Exhibit

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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 Leeuwenhœk (1632-1723).

Hooke's Books is a companion site to the NLM digital representation of Micrographia in the NLM Turning the Pages library.

By Stephen Greenberg
History of Medicine Division

Greenberg S. Hooke's Books - New NLM® Web Exhibit. NLM Tech Bull. 2008 Jul-Aug; (363):e13.

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