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The Man Who Knew Too Much: The Inventive Life of Robert Hooke, 1635 – 1703 / The Forgotten Genius by Stephen Inwood

Reviews Posted on Wed, January 01, 2020 23:42:47

This is an excellent biography of the genius Robert Hooke detailing his many many inventions and theories as well as his disputes with many of his contemporaries, Isaac Newton included of course. You will be astonished at just what he was involved with inventing and/or improving as well as be surprised at the architectural impact he had on London after the great fire. Some good insights into the early days of the Royal Society and coffee house life in London. A great number of famous people from the time appear as “bit parts”.

Murder in the Crooked House by Soji Shimada

Reviews Posted on Wed, January 01, 2020 23:27:01

A very entertaining “locked room” murder mystery, quite different from anything else I’ve read before. Good job there was a sketch of the crooked house to refer back to in order to be able to orientate oneself with all the comings and goings. Well worth a read and will look out for other books by this author.