Robert Hooke stood out as an inventive, versatile, and prolific scientist and architect in an age of brilliant minds. But for three hundred years his reputation has been overshadowed by those of his two great contemporaries, his friend Sir Christopher Wren and his rival Sir Isaac Newton. He was an inventor, astronomer, and anatomist, as well as a candid diarist, braggart, hoarder of money and secrets, and an implacable rival.
In Stephen Inwood’s biography of this forgotten genius, Hooke and his world are vividly recreated with all their contradictions, successes, and failures. The Forgotten Genius is an absorbing and compelling study of this unduly overlooked man.
Dr. Stephen Inwood was born in London in 1947 and was educated at Dulwich College and at Balliol and St. Anthony's College, Oxford. For twenty-six years he was a university history lecturer and became a professional writer in 1999, after the publication of A History of London. He also holds posts at Kingston University and at New York University in London. He lives in Richmond, west London, with his wife and three sons.
Publication Date: April 19, 2004
trim size: 6x9 Hardcover