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Water, for example, is colder than oil because it has a ‘ quicker spirit ’ and snow is colder than water because it has more o f it. ^It is évident, therefore, that heat is not the measure o f motion in Bacon’s theory as in a kinetic theory, but that motion, depend- I pray, do you think Gilbert’s Physiologia MS (which I believe you hâve seen in the King’s Library at St. James’s) would make anything to his or the renown of our nation, if printed in these wild times. I find that he had the start of many of our modem madcaps, and so may challenge precedencel* ing upon its nature, is both heat and cold.

Also, [Hobbes] adds “ sim ply” because it has nothing to do with the nature o f about the vacuum ’, Hobbes wrote, ‘ my opinion is the same as before : there space whether the imagined body is white to black or warm or cold . ’ 3 exist very small spaces \minima locâ\ now here, now there, in which there is Cavendish then proceeded to describe the basic mechanical principles o f the Hobbesian System. In the first place, a movement in any body can be no body . . [for the action o f bodies] is such that they put into motion induced only by an external mover.

It is probable that Hobbes, through Cavendish, was movement accounted for phenomena, but in the work o f Hobbes, the here scoffing at his adversary Descartes, who explained solidity, for example, by the mutual rest o f the component particles. emphasis was decidedly upon the latter; Brandt calls Hobbes by the very * Hobbes to Newcastle, 29 July, 1636, in Historical Manuscripts Commission, Vortland Manuscripts (London, 1891), II, p. 128. 2 See above, Chapter IV . , p, 3. , p. 3. 3 M, Kôhler, ‘ Studien zur Naturphilosophie des Thomas Hobbes’, A rch .

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