Book ID: CBB579430656

Real, Mechanical, Experimental: Robert Hooke's Natural Philosophy (2020)


Sacco, Francesco G. (Author)


Publication Date: 2020
Physical Details: 280
Language: English

This original work contains the first detailed account of the natural philosophy of Robert Hooke (1635-1703), leading figure of the early Royal Society. From celestial mechanics to microscopy, from optics to geology and biology, Hooke’s contributions to the Scientific Revolution proved decisive. Focusing separately on partial aspects of Hooke’s works, scholars have hitherto failed to see the unifying idea of the natural philosophy underlying them. Some of his unpublished papers have passed almost unnoticed. Hooke pursued the foundation of a real, mechanical and experimental philosophy, and this book is an attempt to reconstruct it. The book includes a selection of Hooke's unpublished papers. Readers will discover a study of the new science through the works of one of the most known protagonists. Challenging the current views on the scientific life of restoration England, this book sheds new light on the circulation of Baconian ideals and the mechanical philosophy in the early Royal Society. This book is a must-read to anybody interested in Hooke, early modern science or Restoration history.

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Authors & Contributors
Sacco, Francesco Giuseppe
David S. Sytsma
Garau, Rodolfo
Schmit, Christophe
Yeo, Richard R.
Wilkins, Emma
Early Science and Medicine: A Journal for the Study of Science, Technology and Medicine in the Pre-modern Period
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Rhetorica: A Journal of the History of Rhetoric
Revue d'Histoire des Sciences
Perspectives on Science
Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
Città del Silenzio
Springer International Publishing
Oxford University Press
Natural philosophy
Mechanism; mechanical philosophy
Philosophy of science
Experiments and experimentation
Intellectual history
Scientific communities; interprofessional relations
Newton, Isaac
Hooke, Robert
Boyle, Robert
Descartes, René
Bacon, Francis, 1st Baron Verulam
More, Henry
Time Periods
17th century
18th century
16th century
Early modern
Great Britain
Royal Society of London
Cambridge University

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