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Secret Lab (telescope) inside Lnd. "Monument"

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I think I knew this, but I'm not entirely sure :)

James

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I suspect I didn't know it, despite having read Stephen Inwood's excellent biography of Hooke.  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Man-Who-Knew-Too-Much/dp/0230768458  However, I'd better check because I'm quite likely to have forgotten this part of his story.  (What I do remember is that Hooke took a ride on horseback out of London and bruised his testicles in the process. It struck me that history affords little privacy to those with whom it busies itself!)

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Should have ridden sidesaddle.        🙂

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Fascinating. My favourite part was "There is no surviving portrait of Robert Hooke, since it is thought to have been burned by his rival, Sir Isaac Newton"

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I was confused by the name of the webpage link which includes "medieveal lab". The medieval period ended a couple of centuries before the Fire and the Monument. At least this isn't mentioned in the article itself.

The book by Allan Chapman, "England's Leonardo: Robert Hooke and the Seventeenth-Century Scientific Revolution" is excellent and includes a portrait painted by Rita Greer of how Hooke might have appeared.

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