Towards a history of the Royal Society in the eighteenth century

  title={Towards a history of the Royal Society in the eighteenth century},
  author={Richard J. Sorrenson},
  journal={Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London},
  pages={29 - 46}
  • R. Sorrenson
  • Published 1996
  • History, Economics
  • Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London
A long-standing impression persists among scholars - with a few exceptions - that the Royal Society of London was in decline during the eighteenth century. This misperception has stemmed from four major sources: from the often-stated belief that the Society failed to follow the illustrious example that its greatest Fellow, Sir Isaac Newton, had set in the Principia; from the negative opinions, repeatedly quoted, of several literary lions of the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries… 

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