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on 24 November 2014
A very good book.Robert Boyle emerges in most sympathetic form and the influences upon him and his development are painstakingly depicted.His work and activity in the growth of science are very lovingly described.Not all of his work makes exciting reading but we really get an excellent feel for the man and his age.
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on 15 January 2011
This thoroughly researched account of Boyle is unfortunately a pretty tough read. A significant amount of time is spent laying out the precise set of publications he produced with less on the man himself or on putting his experimental findings and theories in more of a scientific context: what did he discover that was new and why was it important.

In part, I suspect this is because it is only the publications which survive. As Michael Hunter decsibes in the last chapter, many of the more quotidien letters and documents which would have rounded out our picture of Boyle have been lost. That said, this book added hugely to my understanding of an important and complex figure I had known only from 'Boyle's Law',
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on 3 December 2010
Whilst not exactly bedtime reading this work straddles rather well the area between the purely academic tome and the general interest biographical account. I see it becoming the standard introduction to its subject, though in order to fulfil that purpose more effectively it might better have been made shorter. On a social level Boyle was a bit of a boring person (to put it mildly) but the significance of his life's work is done justice in this book though the title is misleading and presumably down to the publisher rather than its distinguished author. To speak of an 'Intermingling' of God and Science would have been more accurate. Boyle wasn't so much caught in the middle like a rabbit in headlights but a full participant in both spheres of life that could scarcely be separated in that period.
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