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The Secrets of Alchemy
including appearances by Sir Joseph Banks, the Royal Society’s president and friend of Matthew Boulton and James Watt. Banks played a key role in the political battle against the Winsor group inExpand
Francis Bacon's method and the investigation of light
One of the more unusual responses to the natural philosophy of Francis Bacon is the Savoyard conservative thinker Joseph de Maistre’s Examen de la Philosophie de Bacon, published posthumously inExpand
Francis Bacon's habit of repeating himself
Like so much when it comes to Francis Bacon, Alan Stewart’s recent contribution to the modern critical editions of his works prompts contradictory impulses. On the one hand, there is the urge toExpand
Francis Bacon’s Body and His Experiments on the Prolongation of Life
This chapter pursues the thrust of the volume with specific regard to the life and work of the natural philosopher Francis Bacon (1561–1626). Firstly, it puts Bacon’s episodes of ill-health front andExpand
Practical optics and polemical purposes in seventeenth-century England
What follows is a study of the prevalence and value of practical work in seventeenth-century English optics. I argue, firstly, that practical work – involving instruments and experiments – was aExpand