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February 16, 2013


nick s

Newton’s collaborator Robert Hook

I wouldn't call him that. Newton got into a tizzy with Hooke after the latter raised questions about the former's work on optics, and so Newton (no fan of the whole Royal Society thing in any case) didn't publish his book on the subject until Hooke was dead, over thirty years later.

Hooke was also a fan of poppy-water.

Richard J

To credit the source, this is ultimately from Richard Davenport-Hines' The Pursuit of Oblivion, which is looking good on the basis of the first 50 or so pages.

Tim Silverman

Hooke was famously quarrelsome and aggressive in defending his priority, and though he usually made up afterwards and put the quarrels behind him, this didn't work with Newton, who was very touchy and bore grudges for decades. The final split was over Hooke's request to be acknowledged for suggesting the inverse-square law for gravity.


"...ultimately from Richard Davenport-Hines' The Pursuit of Oblivion" I have that lying around somewhere but seem to have forgotten all about it.

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