Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Bacon , Francis (1958), The Advancement of Learning, Forgotten Books, Retrieved on 2011-12-13
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    13 DEC 2011

     The Search Brings It's Own Treasure

    And yet surely to alchemy this right is due, that it may be compared to the husbandman whereof Æsop makes the fable, that when he died he told his sons that he had left unto them gold buried under the ground in his vineyard: and they digged over the ground, gold they found none, but by reason of their stirring and digging the mould about the roots of their vines, they had a great vintage the year following: so assuredly the search and stir to make gold hath brought to light a great number of...
    Folksonomies: knowledge learning
    Folksonomies: knowledge learning
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    Using an Aesop's fable, Bacon illustrates how alchemy is a productive venture even if it produces no gold.

    13 DEC 2011

     Francis Bacon on Mathematics

    In the mathematics I can report no deficience, except it be that men do not sufficiently understand this excellent use of the pure mathematics, in that they do remedy and cure many defects in the wit and faculties intellectual. For if the wit be too dull, they sharpen it; if too wandering, they fix it; if too inherent in the sense, they abstract it. So that as tennis is a game of no use in itself, but of great use in respect it maketh a quick eye and a body ready to put itself into all postur...
    Folksonomies: mathematics
    Folksonomies: mathematics
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    He likens it to tennis, not useful in itself, but teaches skills useful elsewhere in life.