Micrographia: or Some Physiological Descriptions of Minute Bodies Made by Magnifying Glasses. With Observations and Inquiries Thereupon. is a significant book by Robert Hooke about his observations through various lenses. It is notable for being the first book to illustrate insects, plants etc. as seen through microscopes. Published in January 1666, the first major publication of the Royal Society, it became the first scientific best-seller, inspiring a wide public interest in the new science of microscopy, it is notable for coining the biological term cell. Hooke most famously describes a plant cell. Known for its spectacular copperplate engravings of the miniature world its fold-out plates of insects, the text itself reinforces the tremendous power of the new microscope; the plates of insects fold out to be larger than the large folio itself, the engraving of the louse in particular folding out to four times the size of the book. Although the book is best known for demonstrating the power of the microscope, Micrographia describes distant planetary bodies, the wave theory of light, the organic origin of fossils, other philosophical and scientific interests of its author.

Hooke selected several objects of human origin. His goal may well have been as a way to contrast the flawed products of mankind with the perfection of nature. Gallery Published under the aegis of The Royal Society, the popularity of the book helped further the society's image and mission of being the UK's leading scientific organization. Micrographia's illustrations of the miniature world captured the public's imagination in a radically new way. In 2007, Janice Neri, a professor of art history and visual culture, studied Hooke's artistic influences and processes with the help of some newly rediscovered notes and drawings that appear to show some of his work leading up to Micrographia, she observes, "Hooke's use of the term "schema" to identify his plates indicates that he approached his images in a diagrammatic manner and implies the study or visual dissection of the objects portrayed." Identifying Hooke's schema as'organization tools,' she emphasizes: Hooke built up his images from numerous observations made from multiple vantage points, under varying lighting conditions, with lenses of differing powers.

His specimens required a great deal of manipulation and preparation in order to make them visible through the microscope. Additionally: "Hooke enclosed the objects he presented within a round frame, thus offering viewers an evocation of the experience of looking through the lens of a microscope." Robert Hooke. Micrographia: or, Some physiological descriptions of minute bodies made by magnifying glasses. London: J. Martyn and J. Allestry, 1665.. Engraved copperplate illustrations from a first edition of Micrographia: or, Some physiological descriptions of minute bodies made by magnifying glasses. With observations and inquiries thereupon (all images available for download in a variety of formats from the Science History Institute's Digital Collections Project Gutenberg Micrographia text Turning the Pages-virtual copy of the book from the National Library of Medicine Micrographia - full digital facsimile at Linda Hall Library Transcribing the Hooke Folio Micrographia at the Internet Archive

Park Central Hotel

The Park Central Hotel is a 25-story, 935-room hotel located across the street from Carnegie Hall at 870 7th Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Named Park Central because of its close proximity to, but no actual views of, Central Park, it is a historic building in the Renaissance revival style with an extensive history, it has housed such iconic figures as Jackie Gleason, Mae West, Eleanor Roosevelt, who kept a suite there from 1950 to 1953. Built in the pre-Depression late-twenties, its grand opening took place on June 12, 1927, it occupies the east half of the city block between Seventh Broadway. Anchoring the west half is 1740 Broadway, a 26-story, 375 feet skyscraper owned by Mutual of New York, with a weather beacon as well as an imposing facade, renovated in 2007; the 1600-room Park Central Hotel was built by Harry A. Lanzer and opened on June 12, 1927. Lanzer sold the hotel to Sheraton in 1948 and it became the Park Sheraton Hotel. Sheraton renamed it The New York Sheraton Hotel in 1972, not to be confused with the Sheraton New York Hotel.

In 1983, Sheraton sold the hotel for $60 million to V. M. S. Realty, which contracted with Dunfey Hotels to manage the hotel through their Omni Hotels division, the hotel was renamed the Omni Park Central in January 1984; the hotel was sold to developer Ian Bruce Eichner in 1995 and left the Omni chain, reverting to its original name, Park Central Hotel. Eichner converted half the hotel's 1,450 rooms into the Manhattan Club, a 266-unit, all-suite timeshare development located at the north side of the hotel at 200 West 56th Street; the Mermaid Room was created as the hotel's cocktail nightclub in the late 1940s. Irving Fields and his trio played there from 1950 to 1966, it is most infamous as the site of the assassination of mobster Albert Anastasia, which took place on October 25, 1957, in the hotel's barber shop. Earlier, in 1928, the Jewish gangster and well-dressed prototype of the modern don, Arnold Rothstein, was shot and fatally wounded inside one of the suites. In more recent times, it has housed many more modern-day celebrities and celebrity events, such as casting calls and parties.

The hotel was the venue for the National Football League Draft from 1980 to 1985. Today, the Park Central is an independent hotel managed by Highgate Holdings. Media related to Park Central Hotel at Wikimedia Commons Park Central Hotel official website Manhattan Club official website

Jason Latimer

Jason Latimer, known by the stage name LATIMER, is an American illusionist. In 2003, he became one of four Americans to win the title Grand Prix "Best Overall" at the World Championships of Magic. In 2012, Latimer starred in the six live British television specials on the BBC One's "The Magicians," and won UK competition overall. In 2014, Latimer joined Penn & Teller and Christen Gerhart as a judge on the American magic competition television series Wizard Wars on the Syfy channel. In 2015, Latimer launched the Impossible Science program in San Diego, CA. Latimer is the curator of Impossible Science for the Fleet Science Center and oversees the Impossible Science Initiative in science centers throughout Southern California. Jason co-hosts Science Channel's series SciJinks with Big Bang Theory's Johnny Galecki and Mythbusters: The Search's Tamara Robertson. In 2018, Jason joined the likes David Copperfield and David Blaine as one of the few recipients of the prestigious Golden Grolla Award from the Masters of Magic in Saint-Vincent, Italy.

In 2018, Jason was the closing speaker of the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington DC for recognition of Impossible Science and changing education with wonder. March 5, 2015, Jason Latimer accepted the position of the Curator of Impossible Science for the Fleet Science Center in San Diego, CA. Jason's role would be to coordinate the Impossible Science Experience and Program by designing interactive science experiments to engage curiosity and wonder in an educational environment. Aug 2015, Jason launched the Impossible Science Festival & Labs among science centers throughout Southern California; the Impossible Science academic platform uses illusion and science fiction to engage curiosity while integrating over 50 science experiments. The Impossible Science Initiative includes Discovery Cube Los Angeles, Columbia Memorial Space Center in the City of Downey, Discovery Cube Orange County and the Fleet Science Center in San Diego, CA. Oct 2016, Comic Con HQ made a 10 part series on Jason’s Impossible Science research at the Fleet Science Center in San Diego, CA.

Each episode dove into Jason’s illusion design, work and interviews with the leaders in the fields of Invisibility, Biomimicry, Mind Control, Transformation, Artificial Intelligence, Re-Animation, 3D Bioprinting, High Speed Travel. July 2015, Latimer launched Impossible Science Experience. Jason Latimer is one of the judges with Penn & Teller and Christen Gerhart on the contest reality television series Wizard Wars on the Syfy channel. In 2012, Latimer competed against the Scottish magic duo Barry and Stuart and British comedy magician Pete Firman in all categories of magic on the second season of the British television series "The Magicians." The winner was determined by the British public vote. Over the course of six specials, Latimer was named the season's winner and series champion of season 2 of The Magicians. Jason Latimer is the third American in history to be awarded magic's highest honor of being titled "The Grand Prix World Champion of Magic" in 2003 by the International Federation of Magic Societies The two previous American winners of the "Grand Prix" are Lance Burton of the Monte Carlo Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1982 and close up magician Johnny Ace Palmer in 1988.

Latimer was awarded multiple "World Championship" titles and FISM awards in categories of close-up magic and in the invention & design. Nov 2016, Jason is recognized for his work in Impossible Science at the Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching 2016. Aug 2016, Latimer is honored as the keynote speaker by the E3 Summit for his work and innovation in education at the Fleet Science Center in San Diego, CA. June 2016, Latimer is featured as the keynote speaker for the Department of Education for Wyoming on the new approach the Impossible Science Initiative has brought to STEM education. March 5, 2015, Jason was named curator of the Fleet Science Center in San Diego, CA. Jason’s role is to research cutting edge technologies approaching impossible topics and to develop and design interactive science activities at the science center to make today's impossibilities into tomorrow's realities. Jan 2015, Jason is honored by Innovative Teaching for his address to the New York Science And Technology Educators for the future of education and the necessary role of curiosity and wonder must play in education.

In July 2014 - Jan 2016, Jason Latimer opened "Perception: See Beyond the Illusion," the first live show with the dome projection OMNIMAX/ IMAX Dome experience at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in San Diego, CA. "Perception" was a show designed to unite all sciences with illusion to inspire thinking and curiosity in a science center. In Oct 2013, Latimer was a speaker of the TEDxWallStreet conference at the NYSE, his talk was entitled, "Seeing Beyond the Illusion of Knowledge" referencing the necessity of wonder in the age of information. In 2009, Latimer's contributions in illusion and technology earned him an invite to be a presenter and performer at The Origins Symposium at Arizona State University. Latimer was the special guest performer and presenter for Kshitij 2008 of the Indian Institutes of Technology for his work utilizing light and laser technology. Latimer has degrees and fields of study in Mathematics and Applied Physics with research in multiple fields of Psychology of perception and attention from University of California Santa Barbara.

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