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And I might add the confidence with which distracted persons do oftentimes, when they are awake, think, they see black fiends in places, where there is no black object in sight without them.

Robert Boyle

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This description of a viper in a vacuum was the first recorded description of decompression sickness. From that time Robert devoted his life to scientific research and soon took a prominent place in the band of enquirers known as the "Invisible College" who devoted themselves to the cultivation of the "new philosophy". with an Introduction to the History of Particular Qualities
1672 – Origin and Virtues of Gems
1673 – Essays of the Strange Subtilty Great Efficacy Determinate Nature of Effluviums
1674 – two volumes of tracts on the Saltiness of the Sea Suspicions about the Hidden Realities of the Air Cold Celestial Magnets Animadversions on Hobbes's Problemata de Vacuo
1676 – Experiments and Notes about the Mechanical Origin or Production of Particular Qualities including some notes on electricity and magnetism
1678 – Observations upon an artificial Substance that Shines without any Preceding Illustration
1680 – the Aerial Noctiluca
1682 – New Experiments and Observations upon the Icy Noctiluca
1682 – a further continuation of his work on the air
1684 – Memoirs for the Natural History of the Human Blood
1685 – Short Memoirs for the Natural Experimental History of Mineral Waters
1686 – A Free Enquiry into the Vulgarly Received Notion of Nature
1690 – Medicina Hydrostatica
1691 – Experimentae et Observationes Physicae
Among his religious and philosophical writings were:
1648/1660 – Seraphic Love written in 1648 but not publiRobert Boyled until 1660
1663 – An Essay upon the Style of the Holy Scriptures
1664 – Excellence of Theology compared with Natural Philosophy
1665 – Occasional Reflections upon Several Subjects which was ridiculed by Swift in A Meditation Upon a Broom-Stick and by Butler in An Occasional Reflection on Dr Charlton's Feeling a Dog's Pulse at Gresham College
1675 – Some Considerations about the Reconcileableness of Reason and Religion with a Discourse about the Possibility of the Resurrection
1687 – The Martyrdom of Theodora And Didymus
1690 – The Christian Virtuoso

See also

Ambrose Godfrey phosphorus manufacturer who started as Boyle's assistant
Anaerobic digestion history section
An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump a painting of a demonstration of one of Boyle's experiments
Boyle temperature thermodynamic quantity named after Boyle
Invisible College
Lismore Castle
List of people on stamps of Ireland
Pneumatic chemistry
Timeline of hydrogen technologies

He has been variously described as Irish English and Anglo-Irish his father having come to Ireland from England during the time of the Plantations. Robert Boyle FRS (25 January 1627 – 31 December 1691) was a 17th-century natural philosopher chemist physicist and inventor also noted for his writings in theology.

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