Bacon's Proof

Edward Teller's life vindicated Francis Bacon's prediction of the man of science in the public realm. Teller's memoir would vindicate Teller.

Issue: Spring 2002

Nearly 400 years ago, Francis Bacon heralded the dawn of a new era of science and technology, when knowledge and power would be joined in one goal and scientists, rather than priests, would provide authoritative guidance for humanity. Henceforth, according to Bacon, scientists would secure and augment their prestige in society not so much by their dazzling theoretical insights as by the mastery of nature that their practicable science would confer on other men. Bacon predicted that the fruits of the new science would include not only inventions for the relief of human misery but also weapons of immense destructive power.

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