The First Scientist: A Life of Roger Bacon

The First Scientist: A Life of Roger Bacon
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Book DescriptionThe First Scientist is the first full-length biography in 50 years of the medieval monk who brought science out of the Dark Ages. Legend transformed the thirteenth-century English friar Roger Bacon into the Faustlike sorcerer "Doctor Mirabilis," but today he is recognized as science?s first pioneer in Europe. Science writer Brian Clegg bypasses the vicissitudes of Bacon?s reputation, which range from miracle-worker to charlatan, and places the true individual in the often contentious intellectual atmosphere of the late medieval era. In this vivid biography, he portrays Bacon as not only a lucid observer of nature, rigorous experimenter, and gifted mathematician, but also an original theologian and philosopher?a man who, like Galileo, would suffer imprisonment in his quest for the true nature of the world. Clegg traces Bacon?s career from his popularity as a teacher at Oxford and Paris, through his innovations in calendar reform, optics, a flying...

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