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Bacon: English Men of Letters
Work on the English philosopher, statesman and essayist best known for leading the scientific revolution with his new 'observation and experimentation' theory which is the way science has been conducted ever since.
Paperback, 168 pages
Published February 16th 2007 by Dodo Press
(first published 1884)
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A summary of Bacon's political career, consisting mostly of letter fragments interspersed with highly judgmental and speculative commentary. No glossary, no index, no timeline, no who's who, no translations for the many Latin phrases, and the scientific aspects of Bacon's life are little more than an afterthought. I guess it's a nice book for readers already intimately familiar with British politics and with Bacon's philosophy of science, but for the rest of us it seems to leave out most of the ...more
This book isn't as innovated and devoted as the man this book is about, scratch that it turned out pretty meh. Bacon by Richard William Church is a boring but passable book, so it's not awful or anything. Something that didn't work was how hard the book was to understand. The author makes it so boring that you have to dig out the memorable actions that the characters do. So you can't sit back and relax, if you want to remember ANYTHING about the book. Something that did work on the other hand wa ...more
Interesting but a little disappointing that the book didn't delve into the man, only his life events. I was hoping it would get more intimate with his thinking and literary accomplishments. The book focused mostly upon his desires and rise to public service and frankly I felt it was slanted a little on the negative side. The book also assumes you already know Bacon's accomplishments. If you are unfamiliar with Francis Bacon, this book will leave you wondering why he was so famous. A rather sad e ...more