Producing Petty Gods: Margaret Cavendish's Critique of Experimental Science

  title={Producing Petty Gods: Margaret Cavendish's Critique of Experimental Science},
  author={Evelyn Fox Keller},
  pages={447 - 471}
The fathers of early modern science did not wait for their descendants to write their myth of origins: from Bacon's proclamation in 1620 "to commence a total reconstruction of... all human knowledge" to Thomas Sprat's boast nearly half a century later that the members of the Royal Society had, for the first time, rendered "the knowledge of nature . . . an Instrument whereby Mankind may obtain a Dominion over Things and not onely over one anothers Judgements," the men involved in advertising the… Expand
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  • Ian Lawson
  • Philosophy, Medicine
  • British journal for the history of science
  • 2015
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