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This produced the astonishing result that their blood 'globules' must have a volume of not more than 1/100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 of a cubic inch I But, despite such nonsenses, the book was of some value in indicating the 31 3 Dilettante and Microscope Maker. 1737-40 vast scope of the material available for the purchaser of one of these microscopes to study, though Martin did not go into the techniques of preparation and examination of specimens. 6 The difference between the 'drum' pattern (a term that Martin never used, but that subsequently became fashionable), and that shown in Figure 2, was simply that it had a fixed inclined mirror in a drumshaped base instead of a hinged one in a folding lid; though still 'pocketable', it was primarily meant to be used standing on some fixed support rather than held in the hand.

And makes a most lamentable outcry against ignorant and empyrical pretenders, of whom he says, "there are many gone out, with a spurious apparatus". His opinion of the case in hand [the nature of attraction] is, Lect. p. " Hahl Urge and sollicit! He and some others I could name, have of late been wonderfully urged and sollicited by certain subtil effluvia, proceeding in right-lined directions, from every point of the surface of their evil genius, to make themselves the laughing-stock of mankind I While it is just possible that Martin attended some of Desaguliers' s lectures during a visit to London, and perhaps even turned the handle of an electrical machine or air-pump, he could not have spent 'some years' doing this, as Home was apparently alleging, unless this episode took place during the 1720s or early 1730s.

He and some others I could name, have of late been wonderfully urged and sollicited by certain subtil effluvia, proceeding in right-lined directions, from every point of the surface of their evil genius, to make themselves the laughing-stock of mankind I While it is just possible that Martin attended some of Desaguliers' s lectures during a visit to London, and perhaps even turned the handle of an electrical machine or air-pump, he could not have spent 'some years' doing this, as Home was apparently alleging, unless this episode took place during the 1720s or early 1730s.

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