Significant Quotations: #5 Frozen chickens, Bacon and Certainties!


Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St. Alban (1561 –1626), was an English philosopher and statesman, who has been described as one of the greatest thinkers ever, whose ideas have changed the way people think. He first became known to me during my doctoral research in the late 1960s, I was studying chemistry and found a reference … Continue reading Significant Quotations: #5 Frozen chickens, Bacon and Certainties!

Galileo’s battle for science over scripture.


I recently read a most interesting book, Galileo's Daughter by Dava Sobell which charted the life of Galileo through letters to/from his daughter who spent all her adult life in a convent. Recognised today as a great pre-Newton philosopher, mathematician and astronomer, the book describes many of his battles with the Catholic Church and its … Continue reading Galileo’s battle for science over scripture.

Standing on the shoulders of Isaac Newton!


"Hero" might seem to be the wrong word to use when one looks at dictionary definitions of the word, but Isaac Newton is someone whose work I admire greatly, whose career was wider and more interesting than most people know, a scholar who revolutionised science, a man of such single minded dedication that he stuck … Continue reading Standing on the shoulders of Isaac Newton!