‘But the real and legitimate goal of the sciences is the endowment of human life with new inventions and riches.’
Francis Bacon, Novum Organum (1620)
‘Unsustainable trends end.’
Phillip Longman, The Empty Cradle (2004)
If science is the hope of nations, how can its methods and knowledge best be applied to ensure hope turns to vision, and vision, in turn, becomes a mission which can be planned and implemented in reality?
One pioneer of the scientific method, Francis Bacon, was under no illusions as to the power of science, not just as an academic discipline but as a tool of social and economic progress. In 1620, before the Industrial Revolution, he predicted the rise of a vast mass of inventions.1
Actually, I prefer the word ‘progression’ ...