(1627 - 1691)
Born in Ireland, Robert Boyle was the best-known British scientist of his
day and the greatest experimental scientist of the mid-seventeenth century.1
This early Latin text is a compilation of six separate Boyle works. The
sections were originally published at the dates given below.
Nova experimenta physico-mechanica de vi a๋ris elastica. 1677.
Defensio doctrinae de elatere et gravitate aeris. 1677
Tractatus scripti ab honoratissimo Roberto Boyle. 1680
Paradoxa hydrostatica. 1677
Tentamina qvaedam physiologica. 1676
Chymista scepticvs. 1677
Nova Experimenta roughly translates as New
Experiments physico-mechanical, touching the air. Originally published
in 1661, it was the first volume to contain the announcement of Boyle's Law
of Gases. The second of the sections -- Defensia (A defense of the
doctrine touching the Spring and Weight of the Air) was first published
in the second edition of Spring of the Air. It was his defense against "the
attacks of Linus on the first edition."6 Together, the two works
fully demonstrate Boyle's Law: That the volume of air in a confined space
varies inversely as the pressure.