I’m Hooke-d on Science

For Robert Hooke’s birthday (July 28th) I decided to create a piece of artwork based on the view of plant cells under a microscope… This is because not only did Hooke invent the modern microscope, but he was also the first to coin the term ‘cell’ in his 1665 book ‘Micrographia’. Hooke was a pretty interesting guy, who may be best known for his frenemy relationship with Isaac Newton (who, let’s face it, was also kind of a jerk) due to their shared research interests in gravity. More importantly however (sorry physicists), was his work with the microscope. Though he did not invent this valuable piece of scientific hardware (the credit for that goes to some Netherland fellows in 1590), he was the father of what we know today as ‘microscopy’ (which is a great resume buzzword by the way). Microscopy is the study of how to use microscopes efficiently for the study of living (or dead) organisms, and though microscopy has now reached new heights (seriously, we can see single molecules now), Hooke was the first to say ‘whoa, look at that sexy cell!’. Fun fact: he named them ‘cells’ because they reminded him of the cells of a monastery.

I guess I see the similarity...?

I guess I see the similarity…?

I was actually fortunate enough to be able to see a replica of the microscope he used, and lemme tell you, it was pretty hard to see anything through it.

Props to Rob for being able to see anything through this thing...

Props to Rob for being able to see anything through this thing…

Here is the first drawing of a cell ever!

I'd hang that on the fridge!

I’d hang that on the fridge!

And here is my homage to this brilliant (though, grumpy) scientist!

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Hooke probably would have found the water colors a tad silly…

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