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This fine scholarly study of the political philosophy of Francis Bacon is an exceptionally literate, accessible and sound introduction to modern science as a whole. White explores and explains how Bacon's new "experimental" methodology breaks with the ancient linked understandings of nature and knowledge ("science"), asserts the primacy of art [techne:] over nature and needs to espouse a new "faith in progress" and requires universal government-sponsored "advancement of learning" "for the relief ...more