Hobson’s works dealt not only with medicine; his Bowu xinbian (New Essay on Scientific Knowledge) was also reprinted. The original text [in three juan] which I own states that it is ‘the work of the English physician Hobson… newly engraved for printing in Xianfeng 5  and published by Mohai shuguan (Large Inkstone Book Store), Shanghai, Zhejiang.’a It is divided into three parts. The first has sections on ‘topology’ (diqi lun), ‘heat’ (re lun), ‘water’ (shuizhi lun), ‘light’ (guang lun), and ‘electricity’ (dianqi lun)’, as a whole, it is a kind of explanation of physics.
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