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Robert Hooke, Micrographia, flea

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Engraving of a flea; Schem.XXIV. 'Micrographia', published in 1665, is the result of detailed observations by Robert Hooke using the recently invented microscope. The publication was funded by The Royal Society and the popularity of the book helped further the society's image and mission of being 'the' scientifically progressive organization of London. The book was dedicated to Charles II, patron of the Royal Society. Micrographia: or some physiological descriptions of minute bodies made by magnifying glasses with observations and Inquiries thereupon, By Robert hooke, Fellow of the Royal Society, 1665. 'Micrographia' also focused attention on the miniature world, capturing the public's imagination in a radically new way. This impact is illustrated by Samuel Pepys' reaction upon completing the tome: 'the most ingenious book that I ever read in my life.' Hooke most

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