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Mould from Hooke's Micrographia

Mould from Hooke's Micrographia

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DR JEREMY BURGESS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DR JEREMY BURGESS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Drawing of fruiting bodies of a "Small white Spot of hairy mould" growing on the cover of a book bound in sheepskin. The fruit bodies are shown in various stages of dehiscince (A-D). This figure appeared in a book called "Micrographia" written by the English physicist, Robert Hooke in 1665. He did not spot any spores, but remarked on how fragile the consitution of "thefe pretty bodies" was. The book contains some of the most beautiful drawings of microscope observations ever made. Hooke was born in 1635, his main accomplishments were in the fields of physics, where he studied the action of springs, and biology, where he was one of the most eminent microscopists.

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