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. Margaret Cavendish says, “Besides, there are so many alterations made by several lights, their shadows, refractions, reflections, as also several lines, points, mediums, interposing and intermixing parts, forms, and positions, as the truth of an object will hardly be known” (1656). Cavendish is essentially critiquing the use of a magnifying glass and implying that using one will not help you see thing’s in a clearer fashion. Instead, the use of a magnifying glass will just alter what is right in front of you, making it hard for you to reveal or find the truth about said objects. Personally, I think the analogy makes sense because in this context scientists intend to use magnifying glasses to help make it easier for them to examine objects up close and personal. Margaret Cavendish, however, feels that the use of it makes things more complicated. Cavendish’s feelings toward the use of magnifying glasses really emphasizes how she feels about the advancement of science. It does not seem like she is at all enticed by science and what it can potentially do for the world. Margaret Cavendish insults the Royal Society by saying that they are just boys who plays with toys and waste their time.

Although Margaret Cavendish states in the beginning of her writing that she is not able to give a solid judgment of the art of micrography, it is clear how she feels about the topic at hand. I think that she did have a decent understanding of science and what it was, but she did not appreciate or find the approaches that some scientist took to be beneficial to society, instead it was hindering them.

-Christopher Him