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Robert Hooke

in Fictions of the Cosmos

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780226011226
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226011240 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226011240.003.0006
Robert Hooke

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This chapter examines Robert Hooke's books Micrographia and An Attempt to Prove the Motion of the Earth. It explains that in Micrographia Hooke illustrated confidence of the Royal Society in the achievements of natural philosophy by means of instruments and he shifted scientific discourse from a poetics of the probable to a poetics of proof. In An Attempt to Prove the Motion of the Earth, Hooke indicated that we had somehow found the means to reach and see what had hitherto remained inaccessible.

Keywords: Robert Hooke; Micrographia; Earth; natural philosophy; Royal Society; scientific discourse; poetics of proof

Chapter.  15916 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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