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Making the indiscernible visible: Robert Hooke’s Micrographia

illustration zoologique, gravure : insectes, fourmi, Robert Hooke, 1745, 18e siècle

illustration zoologique, gravure : insectes, fourmi, Robert Hooke, 1745, 18e siècle

In January 1665, Samuel Pepys wrote in his diary that he stayed up till two in the morning reading a best-selling page-turner, a work that he called "the most ingenious book I read in my life." It was filled with images: of fleas, of bark, of the edges of razors.The book was called Micrographia. Its author, Robert Hooke, belonged to a brilliant circle of natural philosophers who--among many other things--were the first in England to make serious use of microscopes as scientific instruments.

In January 1665, Samuel Pepys wrote in his diary that he stayed up till two in the morning reading a best-selling page-turner, a work that he called "the most ingenious book I read in my life." It was filled with images: of fleas, of bark, of the edges of razors.The book was called Micrographia. Its author, Robert Hooke, belonged to a brilliant circle of natural philosophers who--among many other things--were the first in England to make serious use of microscopes as scientific instruments.

Treasures of the Bodleian: Robert Hooke's Micrographia. Published in 1665, this book gave the reader a glimpse of the tiniest of things never before seen.

Treasures of the Bodleian: Robert Hooke's Micrographia. Published in 1665, this book gave the reader a glimpse of the tiniest of things never before seen.

Figure Diagram - Robert Hooke Micrographia, Robert Hooke Microscope,Resources for Robert Hooke Father of Microscopy History, Pictures of Robert Hooke Microscope,Parts of the Microscope explained Who is Robert Hooke Micrographia Free Science Printables

Figure Diagram - Robert Hooke Micrographia, Robert Hooke Microscope,Resources for Robert Hooke Father of Microscopy History, Pictures of Robert Hooke Microscope,Parts of the Microscope explained Who is Robert Hooke Micrographia Free Science Printables

CLERICAL ERRORS --- Clergy Scandals in Victorian England: A Suffolk Curate's Bad Hair Day

CLERICAL ERRORS --- Clergy Scandals in Victorian England: A Suffolk Curate's Bad Hair Day

Isle of Wight History: The Life of Robert Hooke. illustration from "Micrographia"

Isle of Wight History: The Life of Robert Hooke. illustration from "Micrographia"

Micrographia - Robert Hooke's microscope. From Scheme I. of his 1665 Micrographia. On permanent display in "The Evolution of the Microscope" exhibit at the National Museum of Health and Medicine, in Washington, DC.

Micrographia - Robert Hooke's microscope. From Scheme I. of his 1665 Micrographia. On permanent display in "The Evolution of the Microscope" exhibit at the National Museum of Health and Medicine, in Washington, DC.

Robert Hooke, Micrographia: or, Some physiological descriptions of minute bodies made by magnifying glasses, 1667.

Life through a lens: exploring the miniature world with Robert Hooke’s Micrographia

Robert Hooke, Micrographia: or, Some physiological descriptions of minute bodies made by magnifying glasses, 1667.

The easiest way to kill fleas is when they are at their most vulnerable—in the egg and larval stages of their development.

The easiest way to kill fleas is when they are at their most vulnerable—in the egg and larval stages of their development.

1665, The Microscope of Micrographia, http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/historicalanatomies/Images/1200_pixels/hooke_t01.jpg

1665, The Microscope of Micrographia, http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/historicalanatomies/Images/1200_pixels/hooke_t01.jpg

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