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The Resource Micrographia : or, some physiological descriptions of minute bodies made by magnifying glasses : with observations and inquiries thereupon, by R. Hooke, fellow of the Royal Society

Micrographia : or, some physiological descriptions of minute bodies made by magnifying glasses : with observations and inquiries thereupon, by R. Hooke, fellow of the Royal Society

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Micrographia : or, some physiological descriptions of minute bodies made by magnifying glasses : with observations and inquiries thereupon
Title
Micrographia
Title remainder
or, some physiological descriptions of minute bodies made by magnifying glasses : with observations and inquiries thereupon
Statement of responsibility
by R. Hooke, fellow of the Royal Society
Title variation
Some physiological descriptions of minute bodies made by magnifying glasses
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Contributor
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Language
  • eng
  • grc
  • eng
Summary
  • At one time, Hooke was a research assistant to Robert Boyle. He is believed to be one of the greatest inventive geniuses of all time and constructed one of the most famous of the early compound microscopes
  • Micrographia: Or Some Physiological Descriptions of Minute Bodies Made by Magnifying Glasses by Robert Hooke (1635-1703) is the most influential work in the history of microscopy. Containing the discoveries which Hooke made with his newly perfected compound microscope, Micrographia was not only the first book devoted entirely to microscopic observations, but also the first to pair its descriptions with profuse and detailed illustrations. This graphic portrayal of a hitherto unknown micro world had an impact rivaling that of Galileo's Sidereus nuncius (1610) which had been the first publication to show drawings of the macro world beyond the earth through drawings of the moon made through the newly invented telescope
  • Hooke began his observations with studies of non-living materials, such as woven cloth and frozen urine crystals, after which he proceeded to investigations of plant and animal life. He published the first studies of insect anatomy, giving a lucid account of the compound eye of the fly, and illustrating the microscopic details of such structures as apian wings, flies' legs and feet, and the sting of the bee. His famous and dramatic portraits of the flea and louse, a frightening eighteen inches long, are hardly less startling today than they must have been to Hooke's contemporaries. His botanical observations include the first description of the plant-like form of molds, and of the honeycomb-like structure of cork, which last he described as being composed of "cellulae"-- thereby coining the modern biological usage of the work "cell" to describe the basic microscopic units of tissue
  • Along with these significant contributions to microscopy and microbiology, Micrographia also expounds several other more or less related scientific theories. Hooke's investigations into the nature of combustion are as important as those of Boyle, Richard Lower and John Mayow; and his theory of light, which included the first demonstration of the periodicity of the spectrum, inspired Newton to make the optical experiments that form the basis of Book 2 of the Opticks.--J. Norman, 2006
Cataloging source
DLC
Citation location within source
  • 6
  • H2620
  • 262
  • 599
  • R18004
Citation source
  • Keynes, G. Bibl. of Dr. Robert Hooke
  • Wing
  • Garrison-Morton (5th ed.)
  • Heirs of Hippocrates
  • ESTC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1635-1703
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hooke, Robert
Illustrations
plates
Index
no index present
Language note
In English with Greek references
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
  • 1632-1723
  • fl. 1649-1680
  • d. 1670
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Wren, Christopher
  • Martyn, John
  • Allestry, James
  • Royal Society (Great Britain)
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  • Microscopy
  • Light
  • Astronomy
Label
Micrographia : or, some physiological descriptions of minute bodies made by magnifying glasses : with observations and inquiries thereupon, by R. Hooke, fellow of the Royal Society
Link
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/15485
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Initials, headpieces, copperplate engravings
  • Illustrations are by Robert Hooke and Sir. Christopher Wren
  • Engraved title vignette; title page in red and black
  • Printer's device on title page with: "Nullius In Verba."
  • Contents on final 10 unnumbered leaves
  • Epistole dedicatory to the King signed Robert Hook
  • Includes an initial imprimatur leaf by the Council of the Royal Society of London, dated "Novem. 23. 1664."
  • Errata notes on p. [10], at end
  • Includes printed marginal notes
Control code
ocm02940462
Dimensions
32 cm. (fol.)
Extent
[36], 246, [10] p., [38] leaves of plates (copperplate, some some folded)
Lccn
11004270
Note
  • Accession number 23903.
  • Plate no. xxxviii has the number 2441245 written in pencil on the verso of the left half of the plate.
System control number
(OCoLC)2940462
Label
Micrographia : or, some physiological descriptions of minute bodies made by magnifying glasses : with observations and inquiries thereupon, by R. Hooke, fellow of the Royal Society
Link
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/15485
Publication
Note
  • Initials, headpieces, copperplate engravings
  • Illustrations are by Robert Hooke and Sir. Christopher Wren
  • Engraved title vignette; title page in red and black
  • Printer's device on title page with: "Nullius In Verba."
  • Contents on final 10 unnumbered leaves
  • Epistole dedicatory to the King signed Robert Hook
  • Includes an initial imprimatur leaf by the Council of the Royal Society of London, dated "Novem. 23. 1664."
  • Errata notes on p. [10], at end
  • Includes printed marginal notes
Control code
ocm02940462
Dimensions
32 cm. (fol.)
Extent
[36], 246, [10] p., [38] leaves of plates (copperplate, some some folded)
Lccn
11004270
Note
  • Accession number 23903.
  • Plate no. xxxviii has the number 2441245 written in pencil on the verso of the left half of the plate.
System control number
(OCoLC)2940462

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