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By Richard Gunderman
Indiana University 

Robert Hooke: The 'English Leonardo' who was a 17th-century scientific superstar

 


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(THE CONVERSATION) Considering his accomplishments, it’s a surprise that Robert Hooke isn’t more renowned. As a physician, I especially esteem him as the person who identified biology’s most essential unit, the cell.

Like Leonardo da Vinci, Hooke excelled in an incredible array of fields. The remarkable range of his achievements throughout the 1600s encompassed pneumatics, microscopy, mechanics, astronomy and even civil engineering and architecture. Yet this “English Le...



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