Boyle published his first major scientific report, The Spring and Weight of the Air, in 1660 to describe his experiments with a new vacuum pump, based on that of von Guericke but utilizing his own improved design, which could be operated more easily and efficiently and by a single person. Boyle was a corpuscularian, a term he employed to paper over the differences between believers in a vacuum, and believers in a plenum, given that both of them agreed that the explanation of natural occurrences should be solely in terms of particles of matter, their motion and interaction. The Boyle-Hooke vacuum pump, 1659. Boyle used the pump extensively in his early work, making discoveries such as that … This was the first British vacuum pump and was an improvement on Otto von Guericke's (1602-1686) original vacuum pump from around 1647. ROBERT BOYLE (1627-91) was the prime exemplar of the experimental philosophy espoused by the Royal Society in its formative years. In 1655 or 1666, Boyle moved to Oxford.

Using an air pump designed by Hooke, Boyle was able to discover a series of important facts, such as sound not travelling in a vacuum, a flame requiring air and investigating the "elastic properties of air".

Robert Boyle: An Introduction. But Boyle's Law is what he is most famous for. By Michael Hunter - Birkbeck College, University of London . Brass cast by C.R.

When Boyle moved to Oxford, he chose Robert Hooke as an assistant and together they devised the most famous piece of experimental equipment associated with Boyle, the vacuum chamber or air-pump. This 1660 text was the result of three years of experiments conducted with the help of scientist Robert Hooke.

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Pump and Circumstance: Robert Boyle's Literary Technology Steven Shapin The production of knowledge and the communication of knowledge are usually regarded as distinct activities.

Berch of an ivory medallion of Boyle produced by Jean Cavalier in 1690. In 1659 he started publishing and continued doing that for the rest of his life on subjects like philosophy, medicine and religion. It was here that he engaged Robert Hooke as an assistant and together they devised the most famous piece of experimental equipment associated with Boyle, the vacuum chamber or air-pump.,At this time even the idea of an experiment was controversial. A modern (1960) reconstruction of the vacuum pump (air pump) built by Robert Hooke (1635-1703) for Robert Boyle (1627-1691) in 1659.