This is a 34 slide, highly animated, power point presentation on Science & Medicine – Key Figures – Robert Boyle. Each of the slides are editable so you can modify the slides if you need to.
Boyle lived in an extraordinarily superstitious age. In Boyle’s time people lived in terror of non-existent witches and all too real witchfinders. Between 1644 and 1647 over 300 women in eastern England were killed for supposedly being witches after their ‘discovery’ by the notorious, self-appointed Witchfinder General, Matthew Hopkins.
Known as the Father of Chemistry, he put chemistry on a firm scientific footing, transforming it from a field bogged down in mysticism into one based on measurement. He defined elements, compounds and mixtures and he coined the new term ‘chemical analysis,’ a field in which he made several powerful contributions.
He discovered Boyle’s Law relating the pressure of a gas to its volume. He established that electrical forces are transmitted through a vacuum, but sound is not. He also stated that the movement of particles is responsible for heat. Boyle was the first person to write specific experimental guidance for other scientists, telling them the importance of achieving reliable, repeatable results.
The young Robert Boyle was fascinated by Galileo’s belief that mathematics is the language of the world around us. The behavior of planets and pendulums, and the fundamentals of music and mechanics, could all be understood using mathematics.
He also suffered a serious illness, permanently affecting his eyesight. For the rest of his life reading anything would be painfully slow and he had to employ people to do his writing for him. Although very wealthy, Boyle lived a relatively frugal, simple life, and was generous to other people. He was happy to spend large amounts of money on his experiments – he did not mind diminishing his wealth if by doing so he could learn some of nature’s secrets.
Robert Boyle died of a stroke – or paralysis as it was then known – aged 64, on December 31, 1691, a week after the death of his sister Katherine. He was buried in a churchyard in Westminster, London. The churchyard was redeveloped in 1721 and Boyle’s remains were lost.
The presentation covers the following:
Living in Italy
Return to London
Alchemy & Superstition
Meeting Robert Hooke
The Vacuum Pump
of Air & Vacuum
Vacuum & Combustion
Foundations of Modern Chemistry
Elements, Compounds & Mixtures
Pre Lavoisier Discovery
Atoms: Basis of all Matter
Reactions of Elements
Defining Experimental Science
Heat & Movement
The Royal Society
Moving Back to London
Illness & Death
End of Presentation
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