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1667 and The Royal Society

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Streamed live on Oct 8, 2019

Thomas Sprat's History of the Royal Society of 1667 was less a history and more a manifesto for the future, aimed at convincing Charles II of its value.

A lecture by Dr Patricia Fara, Clare College, Cambridge
08 October 2019 6PM BST
https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-an...

When Thomas Sprat’s The History of the Royal-Society of London appeared in 1667, it was less a history than a manifesto for the future, designed to convince Charles II that experimental research was a worthwhile investment. Focussing on experiment and travel, this lecture describes the aims and activities of the early Royal Society almost two centuries before the word ‘scientist’ was invented. As Sprat made clear, science, imperialism and finance were inextricably linked.

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