These activities were part of the culture of everyday life.
For an account of the metaphysical doctrines of Descartes, in their connexions with Malebranche and Spinoza, see Cartesianism.
His previous university reputation and connexions, combined with his colonial experience, stood him in good stead.
His ability, pure life and political connexions raised him rapidly to power.
It was long believed that work done against such forces was lost, and it was not till the r9th century that the energy thus transformed was traced; the conservation of energy has become the master-key to unlock the connexions in inanimate nature.