Just Another Ant
Tuesday, 11. May 2004

Robert Hooke is one of the most neglected natural philosophers of all time. The inventor of, amongst other things, the iris diaphragm in cameras, the universal joint used in motor vehicles, the balance wheel in a watch, the originator of the word 'cell' in biology, he was Surveyor of the City of London after the Great Fire of 1666, architect, experimenter, worked in astronomy - yet is known mostly for Hooke's Law. He fell out with Newton, and certainly had a difficult temperament. He deserves more from History than he received in his lifetime.

(Quelle: Eingangsbemerkung von roberthooke.org.uk. Auf den Namen Robert Hooke bin ich zum ersten Mal durch dieses Interview von Laura Miller mit Neal Stephenson gestoßen.)

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