Observations upon experimental philosophy to which is added The description of a new blazing world
Newcastle, Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of, 1624?-1674.
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THE TABLE OF All the Principal Subjects contained and discoursed of in this BOOK.

    Observations upon Experimental Philosophy.
  • 1. OF Humane Sense and Perception.
  • 2. Of Art and Experimental Philosophy.
  • 3. Of Micrography, and of Magnifying and Multiplying Glasses.
  • 4. Of the production of Fire by Flint and Steel.
  • 5. Of Pares.
  • 6. Of the Effluviums of the Loadstone.
  • 7. Of the Stings of Nettles and Bees.
  • 8. Of the Beard of a wild Oat.
  • 9. Of the Eyes of Flyes.
  • 10. Of a Butter-Flye.
  • 11. Of the walking Motions of Flyes, and other Crea∣tures.
  • Page  [unnumbered] 12. Whether it be possible to make man, and some other Animal Creatures, flye as Birds do?
  • 13. Of Snails and Leeches, and whether all Animals haue Blood?
  • 14. Of Natural Productions.
  • 15. Of the Seeds of Vegetables.
  • 16. Of the Providence of Nature; and some Opinions concerning Motion.
  • 17. Des Cartes Opinion of Motion Examined.
  • 18. Of the blackness of a Charcoal, and of Light.
  • 19. Of the Pores of a Charcoal, and of Emptiness.
  • 20. Of Colours.
  • 21. Whether an Idea haue a Colour, and of the Idea of of a Spirit?
  • 22. Of Wood petrified.
  • 23. Of the Nature of Water.
  • 24. Of Salt, and of Sea or Salt-water.
  • 25. Of the motions of Heat and Cold.
  • 26. Of the Measures, Degrees, and different sorts of Heat and Cold.
  • 27. Of Congelation or Freezing.
  • 28. Of Thawing, or dissolving of frozen Bodies.
  • 29. Several Questions resolved concerning Cold and Fro∣zen Bodies.
  • 30. Of Contraction and Dilation.
  • 31. Of the Parts of Nature, and of Atomes.
  • 32. Of the Celestial parts of this World, and whether they be alterable?
  • Page  [unnumbered] 33. Of the Substance of the Sun, and of Fire.
  • 34. Of Telescopes.
  • 35. Of Knowledge and Perception in general.
  • 36. Of the different Perceptions of Sense and Reason.
  • 37. Several Questions and Answers concerning Know∣ledg and Perception.
    Further Observations upon Experimental Philoso∣phy, reflecting withall upon some Principal Subjects in Contemplative Philosophy.
  • 1. Ancient Learning ought not to be Exploded; nor the Experimental Part of Philosophy preferred before the Speculative.
  • 2. Whether Artificial Effects may be called Natural; and in what sense?
  • 3. Of Natural Matter and Motion.
  • 4. Nature cannot be known by any of her Parts.
  • 5. Art cannot produce new Forms in Nature.
  • 6. Whether there be any Prime or Principal Figures in Nature, and of the true Principles of Nature.
  • 7. Whether Nature be self-moving?
  • 8. Of Animal Spirits.
  • 9. Of the Doctrine of the Scepticks concerning the Know∣ledg of Nature.
  • 10. Of Natural Sense and Reason.
  • 11. Of a general Knowledg and Worship of God, given him by all Natural Creatures.
  • Page  [unnumbered] 12. Of a particular Worship of God given him by those that are his Chosen and Elect People.
  • 13. Of the Knowledg of man.
  • 14. A Natural Philosopher cannot be an Atheist.
  • 15. Of the Rational Soul of Man.
  • 16. Whether Animal Parts separated from their Bodies, have life?
  • 17. Of the Spleen.
  • 18. Of Anatomy.
  • 19. Of preserving the Figures of Animal Creatures.
  • 20. Of Chymistry, and Chymical Principles.
  • 21. Of the Vniversal Medicine, and of Diseases.
  • 22. Of outward Remedies.
  • 23. Of several sorts of Drink and Meat.
  • 24. Of Fermentation.
  • 25. Of the Plague.
  • 26. Of Respiration.
    Observations upon the Opinions of some Ancient Philosophers.
  • 1. Vpon the Principles of Thales.
  • 2. Some few Observations on Plato's Doctrine.
  • 3. Vpon the Doctrine of Pythagoras.
  • 4. Of Epicurus his Principles of Philosophy.
  • 5. On Aristotle's Philosophical Principles.
  • 6. Of Scepticism, and some other Sects of the Ancient.
  • An Explanation of some obscure and doubtful Passages oc∣curring in the Philosophical Works hitherto Publish'd by the Authoress.