The Two Books of Francis Lord Verulam: Of the Proficience and Advancement of Learning, Divine and Human (1825)

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Kessinger Publishing, 2009 - Education - 420 pages
The Two Books of Francis Lord Verulam: Of the Proficience and Advancement of Learning, Divine and Human is a collection of essays written by the English philosopher and statesman Francis Bacon. Originally published in 1605 and 1623, the book is divided into two parts. The first part deals with the nature of knowledge and the methods by which it can be acquired, while the second part focuses on the practical applications of knowledge in various fields, including science, politics, and religion.In the first book, Bacon argues that knowledge is power and that the pursuit of knowledge is an essential part of human progress. He outlines a method of inquiry that emphasizes empirical observation and experimentation, rejecting the traditional approach of relying on authority and tradition. Bacon also discusses the various obstacles that hinder the acquisition of knowledge, including false beliefs, superstition, and prejudice.The second book of the collection is a more practical guide to the application of knowledge in various fields. Bacon discusses the role of science in improving human life, the importance of education in cultivating the intellect, and the need for good governance in promoting social harmony and progress. He also explores the relationship between religion and knowledge, arguing that true faith is compatible with scientific inquiry and rational thought.Overall, The Two Books of Francis Lord Verulam is a seminal work in the history of philosophy and science. It reflects Bacon's belief in the power of human reason and the importance of empirical observation and experimentation in the pursuit of knowledge. The book is still widely read and studied today, and its ideas continue to influence modern thought in a variety of fields.This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the old original and may contain some imperfections such as library marks and notations. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions, that are true to their original work.

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About the author (2009)

Francis Bacon was born on January 22, 1561 in London. After studying at Cambridge, Bacon began a legal career, ultimately becoming a barrister in 1582. Bacon continued his political ascent, and became a Member of Parliament in 1584. In 1600, he served as Queen Elizabeth's Learned Counsel in the trial of Robert Devereaux, the Earl of Essex. After numerous appointments under James I, Bacon admitted to bribery and fell from power. Much of Bacon's fame stems from the belief by some that he was the actual author of the plays of William Shakespeare. While many critics dismissed that belief, Bacon did write several important works, including a digest of laws, a history of Great Britain, and biographies of the Tudor monarchy, including Henry VII. Bacon was also interested in science and the natural world. His scientific theories are recorded in Novum Organum, published in 1620. Bacon's interest in science ultimately led to his death. After stuffing a fowl with snow to study the effect of cold on the decay of meat, he fell ill, and died of bronchitis on April 9, 1626.

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