Experimental misunderstandings: the precedent of Francis Bacon's 'Sylva Sylvarum' and the beginnings of the Royal Society

Bacon portrait

Public history of science lecture by Dr Guido Giglioni.
 

Event details

 
Guido Giglioni is the Cassamarca Lecturer in Neo-Latin Culture and Intellectual History at the Warburg Institute, University of London.
 
By writing a number of natural histories and above all the Sylva Sylvarum, Bacon set an important but difficult precedent in the history of experimental science, especially among the first natural practitioners gathered around the Royal Society. This talk will explore the notion of ‘experimental metaphysics’, the hybrid discipline that, especially in the Sylva Sylvarum, Bacon left as an awkward legacy to his experimental followers.
 

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This event is free to attend and open to all. No tickets are required. Doors open at 12:30pm and seats will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.
 
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Experimental misunderstandings: the precedent of Francis Bacon's 'Sylva Sylvarum' and the beginnings of the Royal Society 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK

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