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The Advancement of Learning (The Oxford Francis Bacon #4)

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Stephen Jay Gould is perhaps the scientist most famed for his literary skills. As the editor for the Modern Library Science Series, Gould has chosen some of the seminal works in science, landmark volumes that can be read by both scientists and nonscientists. This series is a wonderful way to build a home library of some of history's greatest thinkers.
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Published July 1st 2010 by MobileReference (first published 1605)
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Nick Bond
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 unrelatable. Whether it's his shameless toadying to the resident monarch or his tendency to abstract simple, common-sense ideas into multiple paragraphs of raw pretentiousness, you're likely to find yourself doing more than a few eye rolls. Also, note that if you are going to tackle Advancement of Learning an ...more
Jeff Shelnutt
Jul 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy, science
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 time was well spent. Bacon's been referred to as a forerunner of modern philosophy and science. He certainly had a prodigious intellect and was able to take a breathtaking survey of a wide range of subjects. Very rarely do we find such men or women today in our increasing tendency to specialize in fie ...more
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لما تقرأه في الوقت الي مسيطر فيه العلم عالعالم مش حتحس ان الكتاب هذا سوى تكرار لكلام انت عارفه
بس لما تعرف ان الكتاب انكتب من ٥٠٠ سنة فاتت حتحس بثورية أفكار بيكون وكيف كاين سابق لزمانه
مؤسس العلم التجريبي لك كل تحياتي
افضل اقتباس من الكتاب :
Aren't true discovers those who say that they shouldn't sail the sea looking for land because they only sea water .
Little knowledge turns u into an atheist , but greater knowledge turn u back to god
Kelly Ann
Mar 26, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 advanced all that much over the last few centuries!
Jesse Schexnayder
Dec 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heavy on the Latin and pithy aphorisms, but definitely worth it.
Alex Rubenstein
Dec 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 method since Plato and develops a thorough agenda for reforming all areas of thought and practice, from medicine to metaphysics. Along the way he casually invents multiple new sciences: social psychology, personality psychology, clinical psychology, science relating to how our body affects our mind ...more
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 surprised me by just how modern it is (in outlook, if not in language- Bacon makes liberal use of untranslated Latin quotations causing me to make liberal use of an online translator). The book is addressed to King James I, and Bacon is explicit about his desire that it be used to direct royal resourc ...more
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's also a great writer.

The one thing that spoils it is the quality of this edition. There are no notes, no translation of the extremely frequent Latin quotations with which Bacon illustrates his points, which makes for a very frustrating experience.

Also, this is the original English text. Bacon later
Roberto Rigolin Ferreira Lopes
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 report, meaning that he is not demanding much brain power from his king. He even says that this text is analogous to the sound of an orchestra tuning their instruments; the beautiful sounds will follow. He was damn right… the scientific revolution was just starting.
Lukas op de Beke
The Advancement consists of a shorter first book and a longer second book, I would advise anybody to only read the former, a brilliant exposé of the merits and triumphs of general learning, and not the latter, a tedious and wholly outdated overview of the fields of learning and styles of scientific and ohter research.
Jan 22, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rhetoric
Although seen as one of rhetoric's villeins, Bacon endorses a place for rhetoric, even if it is only et his rebus ornamento, eloquentia. Not going to pretend it doesn't drag in places, but well worth a skim-through, especially the catchy bits about why education is so worthwhile.
Dec 25, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this gave me a better perspective on the general state of science and knowledge in Bacon's time. Some of the time spent on classification of knowledge seemed to pass the point, though.
Sep 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very tough read, i feel like most wont enjoy the constant quotation in Latin of early Philosophers and Poets, but i know i did.
Soren (Carnal Malefactor)
Very tough read, i feel like most wont enjoy the constant quotation in Latin of early Philosophers and Poets, but i know i did.
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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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“To conclude, therefore, let no man upon a weak conceit of sobriety or an ill-applied moderation think or maintain that a man can search too far, or be too well studied in the book of God's word, or the book of God's works, divinity or philosophy; but rather let men endeavor an endless progress or proficience in both; only let men beware that they apply both to charity, and not to swelling; to use, and not to ostentation; and again, that they do not unwisely mingle or confound these learnings together.” 15 likes
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