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Robert Boyle: Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the work of the pioneering scientist Robert Boyle.

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Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the life and work of Robert Boyle, a pioneering scientist and a founder member of the Royal Society. Born in Ireland in 1627, Boyle was one of the first natural philosophers to conduct rigorous experiments, laid the foundations of modern chemistry and derived Boyle's Law, describing the physical properties of gases. In addition to his experimental work he left a substantial body of writings about philosophy and religion; his piety was one of the most important factors in his intellectual activities, prompting a celebrated dispute with his contemporary Thomas Hobbes.

With:

Simon Schaffer
Professor of the History of Science at the University of Cambridge

Michael Hunter
Emeritus Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London

Anna Marie Roos
Senior Lecturer in the History of Science and Medicine at the University of Lincoln

Producer: Thomas Morris.

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