The first scientist: a life of Roger Bacon

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Constable, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 244 pages
Where did science begin? The First Scientist takes us back to thirteenth-century Europe, to the early years of the great universities, where learning was enlivened with the danger of mob violence and a terrifyingly repressive religious censorship. Roger Bacon, a humble and devout English friar, seems an unlikely figure to challenge the orthodoxy of his day -- yet this unworldly man risked his life to establish the basis for true scientific knowledge.

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Life-and-times biography of the English friar whose scientific work prompted accusations of heresy.The main traces of Roger Bacon (ca. 1220-92) in the historical record consist of his own writings ... Read full review


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