Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Voltaire , (2008-03-30), Letters on the English, Wildside Pr, Retrieved on 2012-08-27
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    27 AUG 2012

     On the Importance of Bacon

    The most singular, as well as the most excellent, of all his works, is that which is now the least read, and which is at the same time the most useful; I mean his "Novum Scientiarum Organum." This is the scaffold by means of which the edifice of the new philosophy has been reared; so that when the building was completed, the scaffold was no longer of any use. Chancellor Bacon was still unacquainted with nature, but he perfectly knew, and pointed out extraordinarily well, all the paths which...
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    Barbarism discovered many useful inventions by accident, but Francis Bacon discovered natural philosophy according to Voltaire.