The Early Modern Commons

Robert Hooke's London

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A mackerel sky

30 July 2014

I was inspired to write this post by a visit to the archives of the Met Office in Exeter. The collections hold some absolutely fantastic items, including a printed proclamation issued...

‘Micrographia’ inspires artists and creative writers

23 July 2014

I know that many scientists are fascinated by Micrographia, but to me it has always seemed like a book with a much broader appeal. Hooke’s simple but evocative language, and his beautiful,...

Door-mats and penumbras: Hooke’s contributions to the English Language

29 March 2014

One of the many fascinations of the online Oxford English Dictionary is the list of most frequent contributors – those whose writing has provided the compilers with the first evidence...

Sound advice from the 17th century

30 November 2013

For a long time now I’ve been interested in the ways in which the worlds of Restoration experimental philosophy and Restoration trade and other economic activities came into contact....