July 18, 1635 born on the Isle of Wight (United Kingdom), Robert Hooke, was an experimental scientist.

On this day (July 18) in 1635, Robert Hooke was born on the Isle of Wight (United Kingdom), an experimental scientist.
In his youth, Robert Hooke was fascinated by observation, mechanical works and drawing, interests that he would maintain in various ways throughout his life. He disassembled a brass clock and built a wooden replica that reportedly worked "well." He learned to draw, using charcoal, chalk and iron oxide paste prepared by himself.

Robert Hooke is known as one of the most important experimental scientists in the history of science, a tireless debater with creative genius of the highest order . His interests covered fields as disparate as biology, medicine, horology (chronometry), la planetary physics, la mechanics of deformable solids, la microscopy, the nautical and the architecture.

He participated in the creation of the first scientific society in history, the Royal Society of London. His controversies with Newton on the paternity of the law of universal gravitation have become part of the history of science: it seems that Hooke was very prolific in original ideas that he then rarely developed.

He assumed in 1662 the position of director of experimentation at the Royal Society in London, of which he also became secretary in 1677.

Hooke's role in the Royal Society was to demonstrate experiments by his own methods or at the suggestion of members. Among his earliest activities were discussions of the nature of air, the implosion of glass bubbles that had been sealed once filled with hot air, and the demonstration that pabulum vitae and the flammae were the same. Likewise, experiments were carried out on the subject of gravity, falling objects, the weight of bodies and the measurement of atmospheric pressure at different heights and pendulums up to 60 m in length.

Instruments were devised to measure up to a second of arc in the movement of the sun or other stars, to measure the force of gunpowder, and in particular an engine to carve gears for watches, much finer than those that could be made by hand, an invention that after Hooke's death remained in constant use

How curious to comment that in recent years, some historians and scientists have put great effort into vindicating this “forgotten genius”, to use the words of one of his biographers, Stephen Inwood. All in all, after a long period of relative obscurity, he has been recognized as one of the most important scientists of his time.

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- Mr.Hooke
- Tell me
- what are you doing?
- an experiment
- stretched out here?
- with your eyes closed?
- snoring?
- can you tell which experiment it is?
- I'm studying experimental gravity
- how interesting
- oh what?
- yes, but can I ask you a favor?
- you can reflect elsewhere and come down from the kitchen stove
- huh? oh! Sure
- We just have to cook dinner for the Royal Society
- yes, yes, sorry, sorry...

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