This week’s selection covered salt water, a lot (and I mean a lot) of discussion of hot, cold, and the varieties of each, freezing, thawing, dilating, contracting, atoms (or rather, the lack thereof), the composition of the sun, and telescopes.
The organization of this text is not what I would describe as methodical, though there is a certain naturalness to the transitions in her discussions.
Some themes I expect we will discuss include:
- Cavendish’s charge that many physical theories are prompted by confusing the methods of artifice and the methods of nature.
- Infinite variations in nature as the cause of our errors (a common theme)
- Non-continuous changes in physical quantities
- Atoms (and why we shouldn’t believe in them)
- The views on motion that relate to her discussions of dilation and contraction.
Again, this is a pre-post, so I may be totally wrong about what we wind up discussing.
FOR NEXT TIME: Sections 35 and 36