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Knowledge is Power

How Magic, the Government and an Apocalyptic Vision Helped Francis Bacon to Create Modern Science

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Knowledge is Power by John Henry
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Francis Bacon - a leading figure in the history of science - never made a major discovery, provided a lasting explanation of any physical phenomena or revealed any hidden laws of nature. How then can he rank as he does alongside Newton? Bacon was the first major thinker to describe how science should be done, and to explain why. Scientific knowledge should not be gathered for its own sake but for practical benefit to mankind. And Bacon promoted experimentation, coming to outline and define the rigorous procedures of the 'scientific method' that today form the very bedrock of modern scientific progress. John Henry gives a dramatic account of the background to Bacon's innovations and the sometimes unconventional sources for his ideas. Why was he was so concerned to revolutionise the attitude to scientific knowledge - and why do his ideas for reform still resonate today?

Author Biography

John Henry is a Senior Lecturer in Science Studies at Edinburgh University. He is the author of Moving Heaven and Earth: Copernicus and the Solar System (2001), and has also illustrated a book on darts.
Release date Australia
July 3rd, 2003
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Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Edition
New edition
Illustrations
Illustrations, unspecified
Imprint
Icon Books Ltd
Pages
192
Dimensions
129x198x19
ISBN-13
9781840464733
Product ID
1934961

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