BACON, Francis
   VISCOUNT ST ALBANS AND BARON VERULAM
(1561-1626)
   English statesman, philosopher and writer who practised as a barrister before embarking on a political career which ended in 1621 with his dismissal, for taking bribes, from the post of Lord High Chancellor of England. Early in life he planned a vast work, The Instauration of the Sciences, a review and encyclopedia of all knowledge; the project was never completed, but FB's reputation as a philosopher rests largely on the first two parts: De Augmentis Scientiarum (1623 in Latin, based on The Advancement of Learning [1605]) and Novum Organum Scientiarum (1620 in Latin). The latter book championed observation, experiment and inductive theorizing, arguing that the object of scientific inquiry is to discover patterns of causation. His important contribution to PROTO SCIENCE FICTION, the posthumously published fragment The New Atlantis (with Sylva Sylvarum 1627; 1629), is a speculative account of possible technological progress, probably written as an advertisement for a Royal College of Science which he hoped to persuade James VI \& I to endow. Though little more than a catalogue, it is a remarkably accurate assessment of the potential of the scientific renaissance.
   About the author: Francis Bacon (1961 chap) by J.Max Patrick; Francis Bacon (1978 chap) by Brian Vickers.

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