Book ID: CBB151558552

Out of the Shadow of a Giant: Hooke, Halley, and the Birth of Science (2017)


John Gribbin (Author)
Gribbin, Mary (Author)

Yale University Press

Publication Date: 2017
Physical Details: 328 pages
Language: English

What if Newton had never lived? A compelling dual biography argues that Robert Hooke and Edmond Halley easily could have filled the giant’s shoes—and deserve credit for the birth of modern science. Robert Hooke and Edmond Halley, whose place in history has been overshadowed by the giant figure of Newton, were pioneering scientists within their own right, and instrumental in establishing the Royal Society.   Although Newton is widely regarded as one of the greatest scientists of all time and the father of the English scientific revolution, John and Mary Gribbin uncover the fascinating story of Robert Hooke and Edmond Halley, whose scientific achievements neatly embrace the hundred years or so during which science as we know it became established. They argue persuasively that, even without Newton, science would have made a great leap forward in the second half of the seventeenth century, headed by two extraordinary figures, Hooke and Halley.

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Authors & Contributors
Sacco, Francesco Giuseppe
Lawson, Ian
Yeo, Richard R.
Wragge-Morley, Alexander
Wilkins, Emma
Walker, Matthew F.
Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
British Journal for the History of Science
Annals of Science: The History of Science and Technology
Seventeenth Century
Perspectives on Science
Journal for the History of Astronomy
University of Chicago Press
University of Wisconsin at Madison
Mansell, with Sotheby Parke Bernet
Natural philosophy
Science and art
Visual representation; visual communication
Mechanism; mechanical philosophy
Scientific communities; interprofessional relations
Hooke, Robert
Halley, Edmond
Wren, Christopher
Ray, John
Newton, Isaac
Cavendish, Margaret, Duchess of Newcastle
Time Periods
17th century
18th century
Early modern
19th century
Great Britain
London (England)
British Isles
Royal Society of London
Royal Observatory Greenwich

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