Robert Hooke can be considered a British Leonardo: he was a virtuoso
experimentalist who carried out experiments in all fields of science on
a weekly basis at the Royal Society. He was also an artist and
a deep thinker. This talk will describe and demonstrate Hooke's
experiments and physical understanding of the mechanics of pendula
and planetary orbits, which were carried out in part in collaboration
with Isac Newton, but whose importance was never fully recognized
largely due to conflicts between Hooke and Newton. You are invited to
come to this colloquium talk if you wish to learn more about the origins
of our science.
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