As I read Cavendish I found myself amused by some the ideas that she presented because to an audience in the 21st century this dislike for science is just plain odd. 538 more words
Tags » Natural Analogies And Mixed Metaphors (9/7)
Margaret Cavendish, who was the Duchess of Newcastle, wrote a passionate rebuttal to Robert Hooke’s Micrographia which was written for the Royal Society. Within this rebuttal, 694 more words
"Put the Magnifier down; You're gonna hurt someone with that thing...oh, and take them heels off while you're at it. sheesh."
It is as if I can imagine Robert Hooke gently and intricately staring down for hours at a flea, holding his magnifying scope, while holding his pinky up, and mumbling, “ahh. 402 more words
Margaret Cavendish seems to understand science as being already in a proper state of understanding the natural world through simply our regular human senses. Where Robert Hooke was arguing that to improve our reason, we must develop “an enlargement of the dominion of our senses.” Cavendish implies in her analogy of “magnifying glasses are like a high heel to a short leg” that the new instruments the Royal Society is using are going to distort their human reasoning. 237 more words
Margaret Cavendish was in an interesting position in society, being a respectable Duchess with a will to share her mind, uncommon in that time period. Her views were direct and she had no problem voicing them regardless of who they were pointing at, which in this case was the high and mighty men of the esteemed Royal Society. 220 more words
I found Margaret Cavendish’s thoughts on science and how it was being used in the world at the time to be very interesting. Margaret Cavendish writes “magnifying glasses are like a high heel to a short leg, which if it be made too high, it is apt to make the wearer fall, and at the best can do no more than represent exterior figures in a bigger, and so in a more deformed shape and posture than naturally they are.” In Cavendish’s writing she shares her opinion about magnifying glasses stating that they alter the way humans visually perceive nature. 278 more words