Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679). Engraving by J. Posselwhite from a painting by Dobson. Engraving published in 1859 with later hand colouring. Hobbes travelled widely and met leading scientists including Galileo and Descartes. An enthusiasm for geometry led Hobbes to try and describe human society in terms of mathematics. In his early attempt at sociology he tried to explain how the behaviour of people could be predicted using the principles of physical science that governed the material world. In his major work, 'Leviathan', the characters were subject to forces of attraction and repulsion. Hobbes' controversial views led to him being accused of atheism and having his books banned in 1666.
Science Photo Library was founded in 1981 by Michael Marten, one of the authors of "Worlds Within Worlds", a book exploring different ways to observe the universe - from electron micrographs, to images of earthrise taken from the Apollo spacecraft. When Marten started receiving requests for the beautiful images in the book, he had an idea of setting up Science Photo Library.
Since then, Science Photo Library has continued to work alongside world acclaimed photographers and the leading science and medical experts to provide a central source of the best science and specialist imagery available. Although the collection started with scientific images, it has grown to encompass all aspects of science and their impact on everyday life.
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