Volume 25, Issue 3, 2010
Institutional Heritage of Francis Bacon
The role of Francis Bacon in the origins of European science is undeniable. Yet, almost four hundred years after his death, historians of science have been still trying to locate where precisely his influence has been applied. In other words, which of the Chancellor’s proposals were assimilated and realized by nascent scientific community of the day, whether in England or elsewhere. The article examines the institutional constituent of Bacon’s project of Instauration of Science and attempts to show that, in contrast to the prevalent view, his ideas were not fulfilled in England, though some of them have been welcomed abroad.