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Coffee and Gravity

Robert Hooke was a brilliant mathematician and natural philosopher. From 1664 until his death in 1703, he was the Gresham Professor Geometry at Oxford. Among his many accomplishments, he contributed to Boyle's Law, helped found the Royal Society of Science, and helped lay out the city of London after the Great Fire of 1665. Christopher… Continue reading Coffee and Gravity

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Hermann Sprengel’s Pumps

In 1858, a twenty-four year old man named Hermann Sprengel graduated from the University of Heidelberg. As soon as he could, he abandoned his German homeland and settled in England and becoming a British citizen. After working in a couple of different places in and around London, he settled down as a chemist in Kennington.… Continue reading Hermann Sprengel’s Pumps