Roger Bacon

I was told he was the originator of experimental science, and I decided to find out more about him. So I ordered Roger Bacon’s Philosophy of Nature – and got a rude awakening.

I quote from page liii:

Let us be clear at the outset that this work does not foreshadow the science of subsequent ages – the undulatory theory of light, the idea of experimental physics, or any other modern scientific development… Bacon did not possess a seventeenth century mind or a twentieth century mind – but a very good thirteenth century one; and there is no possibility of understanding his achievement unless we view it in medieval context.

I am not interested in this medieval context, and will not read this book any further.

The Modern World would come along in the 15th Century – and I am more interested in that.


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