Tagged with early science

The Man Who Stood on the Shoulders of Giants

The Man Who Stood on the Shoulders of Giants

Roger Bacon (born 1214) is generally considered to be the father of modern science. He wrote f the values of book and experience. This is from Jean Gimpel’s  The Medieval Machine.  There are two modes of acquiring knowledge – namely by reasoning and experience. Reasoning draws a conclusion and makes us grant the conclusion but does … Continue reading

Huguenot Summer

This is from an article by Boyd Tonkin on events to honour the 330th anniversary of the arrival of 50,000 Protestants who fled the terror of France: @In the handsome 1720s house on Fournier Street where she runs an antique business and cafe, Fiona Atkins unrolls a large and beautifully detailed hand-drawn map. Created by … Continue reading

Science& curiosity

Contrary to what most people think, science arose from religious debate not from magic or alchemy, at least in England. This is from a book, curiosity by Barbara Benedict: “The reinterpretation of curiosity from an intellectual to a visual lust was stimulated by an explosively popular, new way to define & channel enquiry: empiricism. ..proponents … Continue reading

Whatever Shines is to be Noted Down

It is now a century since the Suffragettes were noisily demanding equal rights for women, but there are still professions where they are still woefully scarce, and science is one of them, despite the first professional woman scientist being from the 18th century. Her name was Caroline Herschell, younger sister of William who discovered the … Continue reading

The Elizabethan Settlement

I often find mention of early science, research into natural history and social reform has been written by English vicars or their children. There is a good explanation for this f course. This comess from ‘Almshouses: A Social & Architectural History’ by Brian Howson “When Elizabeth ascended the throne in 1558, the country was at … Continue reading