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Francis Bacon: a Biography

Nature volume 131, page 490 (08 April 1933) | Download Citation



IT is many years since we were last given a life of Francis Bacon and in the interval science has come to play an essential part in the very machinery of the State as in its structure and every-day business. We have reached a stage in the world's development when its continued progress demands that the man of science assume those ruling functions which Bacon portrayed him as exercising in the “New Atlantis”. While, therefore, the “Novum Organum”, the “Advancement of Learning” and the exquisite fragment the “New Atlantis” have a meaning for us which the Victorian age could scarcely have sensed, the general impression of Bacon is derived largely from his own essays, coloured by Macaulay's brilliant but unbalanced polemic.

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