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Cork and part of a sensitive plant

Date

1665

Creator

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

Object type

Library reference

RCN 45230

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (print): 305mm
width (print): 200mm

Subject

Physics
   > Optics
      > Microscopy
Biology

Content object

nature
   > plant

Description

Microscopic study of two specimens: Fig. 1. cork and Fig. 2. a sprig from a sensitive plant, Mimosa pudica.

Inscribed above: ‘Schem XI’

Written in the associated text: ‘examining it [the cork] very diligently with a Microscope, me thought I could perceive it to appear a little porous; but I could not so plainly distinguish them, as to be sure that they were pores, much less what Figure they were of […]’

Plate 11 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.

Associated place

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   > Europe
      > United Kingdom