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“It’s the most wonderful story”

Sat 1 April 2006, 6:30pm

An update to the previously noted extraordinary discovery of the manuscript of Robert Hooke’s notes and draft minutes from the Royal Society’s early years, 1661-1682. The G’s NewsBlog was at the auction, and an article in today’s paper provides more details of how, with the assistance of the Wellcome Trust, the Royal Society struck a £1million-ish deal to return the manuscript to its archive.As the manuscript consultant from Bonham’s auction house, quoted in the article, put it -

“Even a non-scientist must be moved to read in Hooke’s own handwriting of how he peered at bacteria through a microscope for practically the first time in history, or how he debated with Isaac Newton about the nature of gravity and the movement of the planets.”

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  1. Joe says:

    Woo Hoo!

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  2. Jacko says:

    This really is a wonderful story.

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