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  • So, let's learn all about Nature!
  • Yes, teach me everything you know!
  • Sir Thomas Lucas and his wife Elizabeth had their eighth child, her name was Margaret. Margaret Lucas was born in 1623 in Colchester, Essex. This was a very wealthy family. The Lucas Children were encouraged lead kind and virtuous lives. Margaret was loved and cherished by her family.
  • I want to call it, "Observations upon Experimental Philosophy"
  • She did not receive a very well education in math, history and philosophy, but she had access to a public library and read very much. Margaret put her ideas on paper and at the time this was not normal to have a woman be publicly intellectual. Her brother John helped keep these ideas private and they had conversations about these ideas.
  • Margaret, can you tell us what are natural philosophers!
  • Let me explain...
  • Why are you doing this, no lady has ever done this before!
  • After marrying 52 year old William Cavendish, she was induced to science in an “informal salon society” William was able to introduce Margaret to the brightest minds of science at the time. Some of which helped her in future writings. In what was known as the “Cavendish” table, she was introduced to philosophers like: Thomas Hobbes, and Rene Descartes
  • Science is the best, why don't more women join me?
  • Because we don't do science
  • Her major discoveries came in the world of natural philosophy. After the 1660, she had already created 5 writings, including “Poems and Fancies” and “Philosophical Fancies” She started considering topics like dioptrics, and magnetic theory.
  • By 1668, she had already published 13 writings, ranging from poems, and treatises. One of her best works with natural philosophy was Observations upon Experimental Philosophy created in 1666.
  • She often dressed lavishly and had an eccentric attitude, she was not quite the normal woman at the time. She gained lots of attention when she became one of the few women to be invited to a Royal Society Meeting. At a time where women were secluded to limited opportunities, Margaret sparked controversy with her writings, and publication of books.
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