Two scientists, both alike in dignity, In fair London, where we lay our scene… The birth of the scientific movement in the United Kingdom was a drama comparable to the one written by The Bard.
Our two scientists are Robert Hooke and Isaac Newton. Both brilliant and yet very different. Where Newton could see the universe through maths and formulas, Hooke understood its practical details.
Hooke was responsible for coming up with crucial experiments to test theories. He explored the microcosmos and his detailed picture of the tick is still a masterpiece after over 300 years.
He perfected clockwork, invented the sash window, worked out the properties of springs. If you wonder why after all of these contributions you have never heard of Robert Hooke, you can blame Isaac Newton for it. They detested each other. Unfortunately for Hooke, he had the misfortune of dying first, so Newton could had his damnatio memoria and he erased as much of Hooke from history as he possibly could.
Their rivalry could be turned into a 10-episode epic feud series, but we haven’t got that kind of money. So instead, here’s a short intro into the life of Hooke focusing on one of his creations, a sophisticated instrument right in the heart of London.
This documentary was created in partnership with the incredible Cemetery Club.