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Francis Bacon (1561–1626) was one of the leading figures in natural philosophy and in the field of scientific methodology in the period of transition from the Renaissance to the early modern era. As a lawyer, member of Parliament, and Queen’s Counsel, Bacon wrote on questions of law, state and religion, as well as on contemporary politics; but he also published texts in which he speculated on possible conceptions of society, and he pondered questions of ethics (Essays) even in his works on natural philosophy (The Advancement of Learning).

Sir Francis Bacon (later Lord Verulam and the Viscount St. Albans) was an English lawyer, statesman, essayist, historian, intellectual reformer, philosopher, and champion of modern science. Early in his career he claimed “all knowledge as his province” and afterwards dedicated himself to a wholesale revaluation and re-structuring of traditional learning. To take the place of the established tradition (a miscellany of Scholasticism, humanism, and natural magic), he proposed an entirely new system based on empirical and inductive principles and the active development of new arts and inventions, a system whose ultimate goal would be the production of practical knowledge for “the use and benefit of men” and the relief of the human condition.

Bacon’s ideas were influential in the 1630s and 1650s among scholars, in particular Sir Thomas Browne, who in his encyclopaedia Pseudodoxia Epidemica (1646–72) frequently adheres to a Baconian approach to his scientific enquiries. During the Restoration, Bacon was commonly invoked as a guiding spirit of the Royal Society founded under Charles II in 1660. During the 18th-century French Enlightenment, Bacon’s non-metaphysical approach to science became more influential than the dualism of his French contemporary René Descartes, and was associated with criticism of the ancien regime. In 1733 Voltaire “introduced him as the “father” of the scientific method” to a French audience, an understanding which had become widespread by 1750. In the 19th century his emphasis on induction was revived and developed by William Whewell, among others. He has been reputed as the “Father of Experimental Science”.

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Bacon is also considered because of his introduction of science in England to be the philosophical influence behind the dawning of the Industrial age. In his works, Bacon stated “the explanation of which things, and of the true relation between the nature of things and the nature of the mind, is as the strewing and decoration of the bridal chamber of the mind and the universe, out of which marriage let us hope there may spring helps to man, and a line and race of inventions that may in some degree subdue and overcome the necessities and miseries of humanity” meaning he hoped that through the understanding of mechanics using the Scientific Method, society will create more mechanical inventions that will to an extent solve the problems of Man. This changed the course of science in history, from a experimental state, as it was found in medieval ages, to an experimental and inventive state – that would have eventually led to the mechanical inventions that made possible the Industrial Revolutions of the following centuries.

Francis Bacon was born in January 1561 in Elizabethan England. His father, Sir Nicholas Bacon, held the highest judicial office of State, the Lord Keeper of the Great Seal, at the court of Elizabeth I. His mother, Anne, was the daughter of Edward VI’s tutor, and Anne’s sister was married to the Lord Treasurer. Born into this highly political family, the first love of Francis Bacon, it seems, was palace politics. After finishing his education at Trinity College, Cambridge, at the early age of sixteen, he was admitted to Gray’s Inn, which he left in 1576 for France. He lived there for a few years under the care of the Queen’s ambassador to the French Court. He returned to England for good in February 1579, resumed his studies and then pursued a career in law and politics. It is said that he was adept at palace intrigue, flattery of the powerful, and conspiring against friends. He did prosecute a personal benefactor, the Earl of Essex, and then, after the execution of the Earl, he wrote a pamphlet condemning him, allegedly to curry favour with the Queen. Aided by such means, he rose, slowly, to the position of Lord Keeper (later designated Lord Chancellor) that his father had had. He also obtained the title of Baron Verulam, and later that of Viscount St Albans.

Major Philosophical Works by Bacon

  • 1857–74, The Works, edited by J. Spedding, R. L. Ellis, and D. D. Heath, 14 vols. London.
  • 1861, The Works, edited by J. Spedding, R. L. Ellis, and D. D. Heath, 15 vols. Boston: Taggard and Thompson.
  • 1861–74, The Letters and the Life of Francis Bacon, edited by J. Spedding, 7 vols. London: Longman, Green, Longman, and Roberts.
  • 1889–1901, The Works, edited by J. Spedding, R. L. Ellis, and D. D. Heath. Volumes I (1889), II (1887), III (1887), IV (1901), V (1889), VI (1890), VII (1892).
  • 1898, Novum Organum or True Suggestions for the Interpretation of Nature, London and New York.
  • 1958, Essays, intr. by O. Smeaton. London and New York.
  • 1962, The Advancement of Learning, edited by G. W. Kitchin, London and New York: Dent.
  • 1982, Neu Atlantis, transl. by G. Bugge, edited by Jürgen Klein, Stuttgart.
  • 1996–, The Oxford Francis Bacon [OFB], General Editors: Graham Rees and Lisa Jardine; Brian Vickers; Oxford University Press. In order of publication: Volume VI (1996), Philosophical Studies c. 1611–c. 1619, edited by G. Rees; Volume IV (2000), The Advancement of Learning, edited by M. Kiernan; Volume XIII (2000), The Instauratio Magna: Last Writings, edited by G. Rees; Volume XV (2000), The Essayes or Counsels, Civill and Moralledited by M. Kiernan; Volume XI (2004), The Instauratio Magna: Part II. Novum Organum, edited by G. Rees and M. Wakely; Volume XII (2007), The Instauratio Magna. Part 3, Historia naturalis et experimentalis, Historia ventorum and Historia vitæ & mortis, edited by G. Rees and M. Wakely; Volume VIII (2011), The Historie of the Raigne of King Henry the Seuenth and Other Works of the 1620s, edited by M. Kiernan.
  • 2000, A Critical Edition of the Major Works, edited by Brian Vickers. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.

Famous Books by Francis Bacon

  • Novum Organum in 1620
  • Bacon’s essays in 1597
  • New Atlantis in 1627
  • The Advancement of Learning in 1605
  • works of Francis Bacon .. in 1803
  • The Wisdom of the Ancients in 1609
  • History of the Reign of King Henry VII in 1622
  • Essays: Or, Counsels, Civil and Moral, and The Wisdom of the Ancients Francis Bacon in 1597
  • 7 Reece Mews: Francis Bacon’s Studio
  • Sylva Sylvarum, Or, A Naturall Historie: In Ten Centuries Francis Bacon in 1626
  • Francis Bacon: Phaidon Focus
  • Three Early Modern Utopias: Thomas More: Utopia / Francis Bacon: New Atlantis / Henry Neville: The Isle of Pines in 1999
  • Francis Bacon: Incunabula
  • Valerius Terminus Francis Bacon in 1603
  • Francis Bacon: Studies for a Portrait
  • Confessio Fraternitatis in 1615.
  • The two books of Francis Bacon in 1605
  • Francis Bacon: Portraits and Heads
  • Apopthegms Francis Bacon
  • Francis Bacon: The Papal Portraits of 1953
  • The Keys for Deciphering the Greatest Work of Sir Francis Bacon
  • Francis Bacon: The Violence of the Real
  • The Works of Francis Bacon, Lord Chancellor of England: Containing The wisdom of ancients; History of King Henry VII. The felicities of Queen Elizabeth, and c. and c
  • The Twoo Bookes of the Proficience and Advancement of Learning. London 1605. Francis Bacon
  • The Essaies, of Sr Francis Bacon … His Religous Meditations. Places of Perswasion and Disswasion in 1614
  • The Works of Francis Bacon: Letters, continued. Letters, speeches, charges, advices, etc. first pub. by Dr. Birch, in one volume in octavo in 1763
  • Novum Organum Scientiarum: containing rules for conducting the understanding in the search of truth … Translated from the Latin, by Peter Shaw, M.D., with notes, critical and explanatory Francis Bacon
  • SCIENCE FICTION Ultimate Collection: 140+ Intergalactic Adventures, Dystopian Novels, Lost World Classics & Post-Apocalyptic Stories: The Outlaws of Mars, The War of the Worlds, The Star Rover, Planetoid 127, Frankenstein, The Mysterious Island, The Doom of London, New Atlantis, A Martian Odyssey, A Columbus of Space… H. G. Wells
  • New Atlantis: Begun By the Lord Verulam, Viscount St. Albans, and Continued By R.H. Esquire, Wherein Is Set Forth a Platform of Monarchical Government Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon Inspirational & Motivational Quotes

  • Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living forms and social intercourse. – Francis Bacon
  • The worst men often give the best advice. – Francis Bacon
  • They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea. – Francis Bacon
  • We cannot command Nature except by obeying her. – Francis Bacon
  • Age appears to be best in four things; old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read. – Francis Bacon
  • Men fear death as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased by tales, so is the other. – Francis Bacon
  • There is a wisdom in this beyond the rules of physic: a man’s own observation what he finds good of and what he finds hurt of is the best physic to preserve health. – Francis Bacon
Francis Bacon Quotes II
  • The great end of life is not knowledge but action. – Francis Bacon
  • Friends are thieves of time. – Francis Bacon
  • Wives are young men’s mistresses, companions for middle age, and old men’s nurses. – Francis Bacon
  • Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor. – Francis Bacon
  • Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience. – Francis Bacon
  • Next to religion, let your care be to promote justice. – Francis Bacon
  • The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery. – Francis Bacon
  • Certainly the best works, and of greatest merit for the public, have proceeded from the unmarried, or childless men. – Francis Bacon
  • The subtlety of nature is greater many times over than the subtlety of the senses and understanding. – Francis Bacon
  • There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion. – Francis Bacon
  • Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper. – Francis Bacon
  • Acorns were good until bread was found. – Francis Bacon
  • He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator. – Francis Bacon
  • Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom. – Francis Bacon
  • Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is. – Francis Bacon
  • Science is but an image of the truth. – Francis Bacon
  • Wise men make more opportunities than they find. – Francis Bacon
  • Friendship increases in visiting friends, but in visiting them seldom. – Francis Bacon
  • If a man’s wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics. – Francis Bacon
  • A bachelor’s life is a fine breakfast, a flat lunch, and a miserable dinner. – Francis Bacon
  • Nature is often hidden, sometimes overcome, seldom extinguished. – Francis Bacon
  • Fortitude is the marshal of thought, the armor of the will, and the fort of reason. – Francis Bacon
  • There is a difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man is really so; but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool. – Francis Bacon
  • God has placed no limits to the exercise of the intellect he has given us, on this side of the grave. – Francis Bacon
  • God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures. – Francis Bacon
  • Knowledge and human power are synonymous. – Francis Bacon
  • People usually think according to their inclinations, speak according to their learning and ingrained opinions, but generally act according to custom. – Francis Bacon
  • Things alter for the worse spontaneously, if they be not altered for the better designedly. – Francis Bacon
  • A little philosophy inclineth man’s mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men’s minds about to religion. – Francis Bacon
  • God hangs the greatest weights upon the smallest wires. – Francis Bacon
  • The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express. – Francis Bacon
  • It is impossible to love and to be wise. – Francis Bacon
  • Anger is certainly a kind of baseness, as it appears well in the weakness of those subjects in whom it reigns: children, women, old folks, sick folks. – Francis Bacon
  • Natural abilities are like natural plants, that need pruning by study; and studies themselves do give forth directions too much at large, except they be bounded in by experience. – Francis Bacon
  • By indignities men come to dignities. – Francis Bacon
  • He that hath knowledge spareth his words. – Francis Bacon
  • The momentous thing in human life is the art of winning the soul to good or evil. – Francis Bacon
  • The desire of excessive power caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge caused men to fall. – Francis Bacon
  • A prudent question is one-half of wisdom. – Francis Bacon
  • Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; adversity not without many comforts and hopes. – Francis Bacon
  • Beauty itself is but the sensible image of the Infinite. – Francis Bacon
  • Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed. – Francis Bacon
  • A man that studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green. – Francis Bacon
  • Who ever is out of patience is out of possession of their soul. – Francis Bacon
  • Knowledge is power. – Francis Bacon

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