The Advancement Of Learning

The Advancement Of Learning

While he didn't exactly invent science, Francis Bacon is its best-known early promoter. The Advancement of Learning is his 1605 argument in favor of natural philosophy and inductive reasoning, and it is still vigorous and cogent today. Though using the language of Shakespeare, the book remains largely accessible to modern readers--still, a bit of classical knowledge is helpful. Shaking off the centuries-old domination of Aristotle, Bacon advocated building scientific theories on facts and observations rather than pure reason; little has changed in our approach to understanding the world since then. Of greatest interest to historians and philosophers of science, the book will also appeal to those curious about the underpinnings of today's naturalistic thinking. --Rob Lightner

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  • All of the writings of Sir Francis Bacon, whether his terse collection of essays or his expositions on science, have a quality that is logical and rigorous, clearly brilliant, and eminently unrelatabl...

  • One of those books that I found myself re-reading whole paragraphs in order to try to more fully grasp the flow of thought. That's a good thing! It made it a challenge to get through, but I feel my ti...

  • لما تقرأه في الوقت الي مسيطر فيه العلم عالعالم مش حتحس ان الكتاب هذا سوى تكرار لكلام انت عارفهبس لما تعرف ان ال...

  • I was certainly challenged by the language and Latin in this essay. The length was another obstacle to overcome. However, there were a few lines that made me realize that education and learning hasn't...

  • Heavy on the Latin and pithy aphorisms, but definitely worth it....

  • not a huge fan of his convoluted writing style. tries too hard to sound intelligent.he frequently flatters the king and is clearly too afraid to say anything even slightly critical of him. This is ann...

  • It may just be the most important work of science ever written (granted it is damned hard to read with so many Latin interjections and poetic epigrams). Bacon addresses the stagnancy of the scientific...

  • I frequently see Bacon acknowledged as one of the first champions of the scientific method, and a few of his quotations are still reproduced with relevance to modern issues. Nevertheless, this book su...

  • A fascinating book. Bacon is much underrated as a philosopher. His vision for the reform of philosophy and science - well, of learning in general - is quite breathtaking in its scope and audacity. He'...

  • We are in 1605, Bacon explains to his king the methods and the effects of learning. You need to go through his pompous salutations and several quotes in Latin to learn something here. This is mainly a...

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