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The New Atlantis

3.15  ·  Rating Details ·  1,484 Ratings  ·  93 Reviews
Large Format for easy reading. By the English astrologer, philosopher, statesman, spy, freemason and essayist. Offers a fictional illustration of Bacon's visionary ideal of the role that science should play in modern society, and depicts his idea of utopia.
Paperback, 33 pages
Published January 31st 2006 by Dodo Press (first published 1624)
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May 09, 2016 Owlseyes rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Owlseyes by: straw´berries
A book first published in 1627, under the title The New Atlantis, Or the Voyage to the Land of the Rosicrucians.

The story of a ship lost in the Pacific ocean, with 51 people on board, 17 sick...and the encounter of a land full of "boscage": Bensalem island, whose inhabitants are Christian too and well advanced.

First communications are in Spanish, but emissaries of Bensalem master the "ancient Hebrew,Greek,the good Latin, and Spanish" languages. They're willing to assist those lost,hungry and mor
Bill  Kerwin

This 15,000 word fragment of a utopian narrative is written in a clear, transparent style and demonstrates that Bacon could have been an important early contributor to the body of English fiction if he hadn't been too busy with other things.

In spite of its male chauvinism, I was particularly impressed by his description of "the feast of the family"--a celebration of the individual patriarch by a society which values and honors a stable and fruitful marriage.

The description of the workings of "
Nov 29, 2008 Simon rated it it was ok
Shelves: philosophy-read
Like all utopias, boring as sh*t.
I cannot say that I liked it, for Francis Bacon's utopian vision of society is not only ridiculous but also kind of offensive. The New Atlantians, who themselves are (obviously) learned, chaste and sophisticated, consider the Chinese 'foolish', the Africans to be the 'little foul ugly Spirits of Fornication', and the American Indians plain 'savage'. Way to go, Enlightenment! (yes, I know that technically it's not Enlightenment yet). And this wondrous land called Bensalem consists exclusively of ...more
Oct 30, 2015 tyranus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Öncelikle belirtmek gerekir ki, yazar vefat ettiği için kitap yarıda kalmış. Kitapta çoğunlukla her bilim dalının araştırıldığı "ev"ler vardır. Bu evlerin çalışma düzeni, amacı ve elde edilen bilimsel ve teknolojik başarılar ve bunlara bağlı olarak elde edilen toplumsal gelişmeler anlatılmaktadır. Bu nedenle Francis Bacon'un "Yeni Atlantis"i diğer ütopyalardan farklıdır; Ne Thomas More'un ekonomik ve idari temelli "Ütopya"sı, ne de Platonun siyasal temelli "Devlet"idir. Daha ziyade bilim ütopya ...more
Oct 30, 2010 Richard rated it it was ok
This book started out as more fun than any other Utiopa I've read. but it quickly digressed into uninspired, orthodox christian propoganda. Even the Jews in this city are Christians. Whatever. Essentially Bacon's ideal society is Christian Europe without the corruption and greed. However, he gives no cure for the corruption and greed. He just insists that, "they wouldn't do that." Sorry, Francis, but I need more than an insistance that a friendly group of Atlantians wouldn't dream of greed or pr ...more
Roy Lotz
Jun 15, 2016 Roy Lotz rated it liked it
This is a very short book, so it deserves a very short review. It is interesting, and probably inevitable, to compare this work with More’s Utopia. Whereas More is mostly interested in politics, economics, and culture, Bacon’s interests are primarily scientific. At least a quarter of the book consists of a long catalogue of the inventions and discoveries made by Salomon’s House. The list was quite impressive, as Bacon does manage to anticipate many later discoveries. But it is still pretty dull, ...more
Jun 28, 2016 sabisteb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Allgemein gilt Francis Bacons Fragment “New Atlantis” als Gesellschafts- oder Wissenschaftsutopie als Vorläufer der Science Fiction. Viele sahen und sehen Bacon sogar als Pionier der modernen Wissenschaft und vergessen dabei vollkommen, dass sein Namensvetter Roger Bacon bereits im 13. Jahrhundert und Leonardo da Vinci im 15. Jahrhundert viele der in „New Atlantis“ beschriebenen empirischen Prinzipien vorweggenommen haben. Historisch betrachtet, war „New Atlantis“ jedoch die Vorlage für das Invi ...more
Maan Kawas
Dec 20, 2013 Maan Kawas rated it it was amazing
A beautiful Utopian novel by Sir Francis Bacon that reflects his aspirations and visions for the human future based on his! The prophetic novel demonstrates very creative ideas in the field of scientific experimentation, invention, and scientific discoveries. The people of this land are generous and pious, with high moralities and values (e.g. they do not accept to be doubly paid), but with a greater tendency and interest in applying the scientific and empirical method, as championed by Bacon, t ...more
Sep 20, 2014 Ameer rated it it was ok
I read this because Peter Thiel had recommended it. Honestly it's Bacon blatantly pushing his ideals into a 50 page booklet about a Utopian society. The world itself doesn't feel well constructed. The sailors who discovered this Utopian island were given "oranges that were scarlet in color" to heal their sea sickness. There was mention of vines that were like ours yet were white in color. There's a bunch of other things like that were he took something that was and just changed it a little and c ...more
Viji  (Bookish endeavors)
Had that father of Salomon's House been talking about himself,I would have called him an egotist to his face. But as it is,he was talking about his island. But all this 'we have' that he described made Bacon's utopia look like 'all work and no play made him dumb'..
Though the rituals of the feast were strange,and so were the ways in which the narrator and his group were allowed to enter the island,the islanders were good in their treatment of strangers. But what I didn't feel right was their att
Sep 24, 2014 Joe added it
Shelves: fiction
a post-natural country, technological positivism, hermits living in mines being data mined, patriarchal management of reproduction, light based economy, immaterial labor, unilateral flows of knowledge, technologies of the extension and modification in life in exchange for no access to self-control over the reproduction of life...
Audrey Stark
Dec 27, 2014 Audrey Stark rated it it was ok
I get that the genre of utopia is all about paradox. I just didn't enjoy this text, and that's what it boils down to. It's probably really offensive to some people. It's a Christian utopia which asserts God chose them to handle knowledge not given to the rest of the world. There's a token Jew and women are basically not present. I was bored.
Jun 02, 2013 Cameron rated it it was amazing
A short utopian novel of wonderful imagination and scientific insight written in the early 17th century. A group of European sailors lost in the Pacific Ocean near Peru encounter an unknown civilization that is advanced in all worldly knowledge, language and technological marvel and conceals itself from the rest of humanity.
Carol Spears
Nov 13, 2013 Carol Spears rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Rex Libris
Sep 07, 2016 Rex Libris rated it it was ok
It is Bacon's view of a Utopian society, a la More's Utopia, but it is only 30 pages, so there is not much to it.
Lena Chilari
Nov 24, 2015 Lena Chilari rated it it was amazing
Ah, lumină utopică.
David Maxam
Dec 21, 2016 David Maxam rated it did not like it
I can't imagine anyone enjoying this. Full of religious propaganda and men only telling of their goodness rather than Bacon having the men show goodness and let us come up with a conclusion ourselves. The most unbearable part is the last section where the Head of the Salomon's House drones on pretentiously listing all the ways in which their society is more knowledgeable and thoughtful than anyone else's, then leaves the silent dull protagonist with a sort of "your welcome" for having graced you ...more
Dec 28, 2016 Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Meat and potatoes are at the end

After setting the story beautifully, Bacon goes on some strange tangents (for instance, on the Jews of Bensalem, on their chastity) before arriving at a description of Salomon's House around three quarters of the way in.
Vasily Kalabin
Любопытная повесть, но кажется с современной точки зрения представляет уже небольшой интерес
Jan 05, 2017 Adora rated it liked it
Bacon - the father of many things re: scientific progress. This book is largely known as one about a utopia but I didn't gather necessarily that as much. Last third of book talks about Salomon's House, which sounds oddly like what academics think what an ideal research community / university should be. Didn't realise but looked up - this work is actually incomplete which makes sense since it sort of ends abruptly.
Feb 24, 2013 Marty rated it liked it
Shelves: school-bookshelf
Sometimes reading is like a scavenger hunt for me. I pick up an old book, read and soak in the culture, meditation, and history that were a part of the author who penned it. And every now and then, when I do this, I come across a title or another author reference from that same time period, or as something that came before and inspired the work. So I search out and read that work or author, soak it in and look for more clues for future reading. Such was my experience with Francis Bacon’s The New ...more
Sep 21, 2015 Tsengoz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Londra'da British Museum'un hemen girişinde Enlightment Room (Aydınlanma Odası) yer alır. Çok geniş ve uzun bir salon boyunca dünyanın dört bir yanından toplanmış kitaplar, mineraller, fosiller, taşlar ve daha pek çok nesne sergilenir.

British Museum, Kral George III'ün 60,000 kitabının yer aldığı bir kütüphane iken, 19. yüzyılda oğlu George IV tarafından müzeye dönüştürülmüş ve İngiliz halkına verilmiştir. Kraliyet Kütüphanesi, aydınlanmaya büyük katkı sunmuştur. Dönemin bütün önemli düşünürler
Feb 04, 2014 Shawn rated it liked it

As much as I want to read books that are four hundred years old, I often don’t because I get lost in that Old English dialect. I know. I’m lazy. But every once in awhile I do dive in to one and always come away delighted. With that being said, I was very presently surprised that Francis Bacon’s The New Atlantis was such an easy-going read. Yes, the language was a bit archaic, and at times long-winded, but it was a pleasant read. Imagine a land founded before the Great Flood that developed indepe
I know what you're thinking--"Who is this Philistine that gives a work as important as The New Atlantis only two stars?" But I swear, it's a justifiably low rating! And here's why:

Firstly, unfulfilled expectations. In The New Atlantis, Bacon chose to weave his ideas into a piece of fiction, instead of expounding them in your typical, scholarly philosophy tract. The problem is, he really didn't craft a story that is any more compelling than a straightforward piece of philosophy. "Dry" doesn't do
Katherine Cowley
This book is Sir Francis Bacon's portrayal of a utopian society that is notable for its focus on science, its predictions of the modern research university, and other scientific and technological predictions. I admit that this was the part of the book that I enjoyed (which is focused on in the second half). This was also the reason I picked up the book in the first place--I'm interested in historic predictions about science, and I've read other utopia novels (like Moore's Utopia and Gilman's Her ...more
Lauren Donnelly
Jan 10, 2016 Lauren Donnelly rated it it was ok
After attempting and ultimately failing to finish all of Utopia by Thomas More, Francis Bacon's New Atlantis was a welcome treat afterwards, as it seemed fairly readable and had a promising subject matter. All was well until the Christian propaganda set in, which really disappointed me as I was enjoying it until then. Bacon's utopian vision is racist - refer to the comments about Africans and the Chinese - and quite simply ridiculously unattainable. Despite Christian propaganda being at the hear ...more
Oct 04, 2009 Danie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a bit hard to get into, though the footnotes helped whole lot in the understanding of the text. It was also a bit of a slow beginning. But once I got into the flow of Bacon's writing and once he got past the technical stuff that set the stage for the rest of the piece it was smooth sailing.

The most humorous part (though I doubt it was supposed to be) was when he explained why the natives of great Atlantis (America, though it sounded like only the top half of North America, the USA and Can
Dec 11, 2016 Michael rated it liked it
Skip to the last ten pages and begin reading about Salomon's House - a mix between an empirical institution and secret society. The rest of the book is a drag.
M Strawberry
I was rather disappointed in this. This was the second story in a book that had 3 Utopia stories in it, and after reading the first story (Moore's Utopia) this was especially a letdown. I expected more world-building, since this story is told from the POV of a man whose ship is blown off course and he ends up in a strange land.

We learn of a tradition where men with at least 30 descendants are given honor, but a woman who achieves this is not afforded the same honor. Also, at the ceremony, the ma
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Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, QC, was an English philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist, orator, essayist, and author. He served both as Attorney General and Lord Chancellor of England. After his death, he remained extremely influential through his works, especially as philosophical advocate and practitioner of the scientific method during the scientific revolution.

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