Real, Mechanical, Experimental

Robert Hooke's Natural Philosophy

  • Francesco G. Sacco

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
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  11. Back Matter
    Pages 203-266

About this book


This original work contains the first detailed account of the natural philosophy of Robert Hooke (1635-1703), leading figure of the early Royal Society. From celestial mechanics to microscopy, from optics to geology and biology, Hooke’s contributions to the Scientific Revolution proved decisive. Focusing separately on partial aspects of Hooke’s works, scholars have hitherto failed to see the unifying idea of the natural philosophy underlying them. Some of his unpublished papers have passed almost unnoticed. Hooke pursued the foundation of a real, mechanical and experimental philosophy, and this book is an attempt to reconstruct it. The book includes a selection of Hooke's unpublished papers.

Readers will discover a study of the new science through the works of one of the most known protagonists. Challenging the current views on the scientific life of restoration England, this book sheds new light on the circulation of Baconian ideals and the mechanical philosophy in the early Royal Society. This book is a must-read to anybody interested in Hooke, early modern science or Restoration history.


Real, mechanical, experimental Robert Hooke Philosophical algebra Restoration science Royal Society Scientific revolution Baconians Virtuosi Scientific instruments Gresham college

Authors and affiliations

  • Francesco G. Sacco
    • 1
  1. 1.Humanities DepartmentCATS CollegeCanterburyUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-44450-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-44451-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0066-6610
  • Series Online ISSN 2215-0307
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