image hooke_r_micrographia_336
Image number: RS.18181
Credit: ©The Royal SocietyOPen

Refraction

Date

1665

Creator

Unknown, Engraver

After

Robert Hooke (1635-1703, British), Natural Philosopher

Object type

Library reference

RCN 45230

Material

Technique

Subject

Physics
   > Optics
      > Microscopy

Description

Various geometric diagrams depicting the refraction of light through different materials, including water, wine and ice.

Inscribed 37: ‘Schem: XXXVII’

Plate 37 from Robert Hooke’s Micrographia: or some physiological descriptions of minute bodies made by magnifying glasses with observations and inquiries thereupon (1665), the first fully-illustrated book on the topic of microscopy. In the preface Hooke asserts that he had discovered ‘a new visible World’.

Robert Hooke (1635-1703) British natural philosopher was a founding member of the Royal Society, elected in 1663. Before his career with the Royal Society, Hooke had been apprenticed to painter Peter Lely (1618-1680), where he learned to draw and paint. Though he did not engrave the images in Micrographia himself they were engraved after his illustrations.

Associated place

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