Hi, fellows! Wow, that was a long week, wasn't it?
But here I am with a freshly scanned and toned page for your perusal. Please enjoy!
William Blake and 1790s astronomy is an interesting mix, as you'll find out in today's and the next couple of pages. Heliocentrism had been banished from scientific thought many, many centuries previous, along with the flat earth but I think that the "Four Humours" theory was still going strong. I remember Coleridge mentioned the humours a bunch in his "Treatise on Method" but man that was tough to read. I gave up about 3 or four chapters in.
I like Coleridge's poetry fine but his "Treatise" ... check this out:
I mean, to follow along you have to have a good understanding of 18th century science. Who knows nowadays what "Phlogiston" is? (I had to look it up)First, the references, instead of being collected in one appropriate index, or at least in some known portion of the work, are scattered throughout the whole 3 and this is no slight annoyance, when a scientific term happens to have many synonyms, as, for instance. Azote, Nitrogen, Phlogisticated Air, &c. Secondly, the references must eventually lead the reader through as many volumes, as those other words happen to be placed in, which are necessary to be previously understood in order to a tolerable comprehension of the term first sought.
So maybe there's a lesson there, about using science in your stories. Eventually what is firm and proven on scientific grounds will be overturned by the research of one or two hundred years and people will goof on you for what you wrote.
Okay gotta get back to #Inktober! Have a good weekend, fellows!