A C Grayling

A Man Of Gravity

The Curious Life of Robert Hooke: The Man Who Measured London

By

HarperCollins 352pp £25 order from our bookshop

IN THE MIRACULOUS first century of the modern world – the seventeenth century, which began with Shakespeare, Galileo, Descartes, Bacon and Hobbes, and ended with Newton, Wren, Dryden, Locke and the Glorious Revolution – there were many significant beginnings, but none of them (even if you include the beginning of constitutional forms of government) so important as the rise of modern science. It was an age of genius and geniuses, to such an extent that highly gifted individuals could be lost in the crowd. of their peers. This indeed happened, not least to the subject of Lisa Jardine’s absorbing new book: Robert Hooke, the man who – among other achievements, some of them unrecognised – discovered the principle of gravity, before Newton.

Sign Up to our newsletter

Receive free articles, highlights from the archive, news, details of prizes, and much more.

Follow Literary Review on Twitter

  • Last Tweets

    • 'It would be nice to think that women will achieve equal pay in my lifetime, rather than to watch gloomily as stati… ,
    • In 1660, two of the signatories of King Charles I's death warrant fled across the Atlantic to New England. But were… ,
    • Howard Jacobson's sixteenth novel is 'a love story of sorts, one characterised not by physical desire or even conta… ,
    • 'The sudden immersion in the new and unfamiliar can lead people to write with a rare lack of self-consciousness' P… ,
    • 'Pools bend the rules. Clothes slip off, skin glistens, consciousness heightens. A dreamlike scenario unfolds' Jam… ,
    • 'Although he surely didn’t know W H Auden’s theory that every high C proclaims human freedom and our capacity to tr… ,
    • RT : With beginning tomorrow, we've uncovered a 1997 article from the archive reviewing 'Golf Dream… ,