Margaret Cavendish and the Royal Society

  title={Margaret Cavendish and the Royal Society},
  author={Emma Wilkins},
  journal={Notes and Records: the Royal Society Journal of the History of Science},
  pages={245 - 260}
  • E. Wilkins
  • Published 20 September 2014
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • Notes and Records: the Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
It is often claimed that Margaret Cavendish was an anti-experimentalist who was deeply hostile to the activities of the early Royal Society—particularly in relation to Robert Hooke's experiments with microscopes. Some scholars have argued that her views were odd or even childish, while others have claimed that they were shaped by her gender-based status as a scientific ‘outsider’. In this paper I examine Cavendish's views in contemporary context, arguing that her relationship with the Royal… Expand
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