Micrographia — Losing the Big Picture: GDever

In Micrographia, Robert Hooke examines many things down to the tiniest detail by using his microscope. While I appreciate him wanting to have a better idea of the parts or aspects that form everyday objects, it seems at places that Hooke is too focused on the small stuff. Such a viewpoint can lead one to missing the big picture. I think that focusing on minutia to the exclusion of everything else is just as bad as not caring how or why things work.

The puzzle shown in the picture is incomplete, and clearly whoever made it focused solely on the house in the middle first. So whoever is looking at the puzzle can see the house, but the scenery around it is blurry and uncertain. In focusing too much on the central aspect of the picture, the details have been lost. Most of the exterior puzzle pieces are in roughly the right place, with most of them even being connected, though jumbled. However, some of the pieces are blatantly wrong, and do not make sense. You can’t expect to look at one aspect of a picture (or anything for that matter), even the most important aspect, and understand everything about the whole picture. In this case the house is the only clear thing that can be seen.

There has to be some middle ground, where the big picture can still be seen, but you have enough information about its parts to be beneficial. Hooke crosses that line, but he was just having fun.


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