KNOWLEDGE IS POWER
How Magic, the Government and an Apocalyptic Vision inspired Francis Bacon to create Modern Science
who is a lecturer in Science Studies at Edinburgh University. His interests lie in the history of interactions between science, medicine, magic and religion in the Renaissance. He is the author of Moving Heaven and Earth : Copernicus and the Solar System (2001) and has also illustrated a book on darts
published by Icon Books UK 2002
published in the US by Totem Books 2003
Francis Bacon never made a major discovery, provided a lasting explanation of any physical phenomona or revealed any hidden laws of nature. How then can he rank alongside the likes of Isaac Newton-one of the finest scientists of them all?
In this fascinating and accessible book, John Henry gives a dramatic account of the background to Bacon's innovations and the sometimes unconventional sources for his ideas. He explains how magic, civil service bureaucracy and the belief in a forthcoming apocalypse came together in the creation of Bacon's legacy, why he was so concerned to revolutionise the attitude to scientific knowledge-and why his ideas for reform still resonate today.
"For my way of discovering sciences goes far to level men's wits, and leaves but little to individual excellence; because it performs everything by the surest rules and demonstrations.'-Francis Bacon
1.'Kindling a Light in Nature'
2. Inventing Modern Science
3. 'Believing That I was Born For the Service of Mankind'
4. Believing of All Men of My Time the Most Busied in Affairs of State'
5.'Enlarging of the Bounds of Human Empire': Bacon and Magic
6. 'Effecting of All Things Possible': Magic and the Experimental Method
7. 'Seeking for Experiments of Light': Bacon and the Decline of Magic
8. Separating Science and Religion?
9. Restoring Lost Dominion : Bacon and the Millennium
10. Building a Model of the World : Bacon and Utopia
11. Writing Philosophy Like a Lord Chancellor: Bacon and the Bureaucracy of Science
12. Extending the Empire of Man? Bacon, the Law and Mother Nature
13. Leaving It to the Next Ages
14. Waiting for the Harvest?
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