Robert Hooke (Summer Repeat)
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Robert Hooke, the 17th Century scientist with a wide variety of interests, from elasticity to microscopes, who fell out with Newton
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the life and work of Robert Hooke (1635-1703) who worked for Robert Boyle and was curator of experiments at the Royal Society. The engraving of a flea, above, is taken from his Micrographia which caused a sensation when published in 1665. Sometimes remembered for his disputes with Newton, he studied the planets with telescopes and snowflakes with microscopes. He was an early proposer of a theory of evolution, discovered light diffraction with a wave theory to explain it and felt he was rarely given due credit for his discoveries.
Anniversary Professor of History at the University of York
President Elect of the British Society for the History of Science
Professor of History of Science at Oxford University
Producer: Simon Tillotson
First broadcast on 18th February 2016