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Author Gribbin, John, author.

Title Out of the Shadow of a Giant [electronic resource] : Hooke, Halley, & the Birth of Science / John Gribbin.

Publication Info. [Place of publication not identified] : Yale University Press (Ignition), [2017]


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Summary The authors of Ice Age "present a well-documented argument that [Newton] owed more to the ideas of others than he admitted" ( Kirkus Reviews ). Robert Hooke and Edmond Halley, whose place in history has been overshadowed by the giant figure of Newton, were pioneering scientists within their own right, and instrumental in establishing the Royal Society. Although Newton is widely regarded as one of the greatest scientists of all time and the father of the English scientific revolution, John and Mary Gribbin uncover the fascinating story of Robert Hooke and Edmond Halley, whose scientific achievements neatly embrace the hundred years or so during which science as we know it became established. They argue persuasively that, even without Newton, science would have made a great leap forward in the second half of the seventeenth century, headed by two extraordinary figures, Hooke and Halley. "Science readers will thank the Gribbins for restoring Hooke and Halley to the prominence that they deserve." -- Publishers Weekly "Engaging . . They offer proof that Hooke was an important scientist in his own right, and often had physical insights that were borrowed (usually without acknowledgement) by Newton." -- Choice.
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Subject Halley, Edmond, 1656-1742.
Newton, Isaac, 1642-1727.
Hooke, Robert, 1635-1703.
Science -- History.
Science -- Great Britain -- History.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Added Author Gribbin, Mary.
ISBN 9780300231540 (epub)
Standard No. 9780300231540

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