By Lynn Thorndike
Lynn Thorndike's historical past of Magic and Experimental technology, in eight volumes, continues to be the most suitable reference paintings for the background of magic within the west. the 1st 2 volumes disguise past due antiquity during the thirteenth century, and volumes 3-4 hide the 14-15th century. those are powerful volumes, copiously researched and well-indexed, and a tremendous resource for paintings at the interval. however it is the final four volumes which are the guts of the work.
No sufficient survey of the historical past of both magic or experimental technological know-how exists for this era, and huge use of manuscript fabric has been valuable for the medieval interval. Magic is right here understood within the broadest experience of the note, as together with all occult arts and sciences, superstitions, and folk-lore.
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Not including preface, table of contents, errata, and index. e. 14. "• Savile 42, dated February 2, 1603-4, ending at fol. 230r. From the table of contents at fol. " s Astrologomania, the Madnesse of Astrologers: or, an Examination of Sir Christopher Heydon's Booke, entituled, A Defense of Judiciarie Astrologie, London, 1624, in-4, 123 pp. 11 Astrological medicine met with milder opposition. 14 Physicians by long experience had found that "men of lusty constitution" usually lived an even score of years, dying at 40, 60, 80, 100 or 120.
Roger Bacon had done it three and a half centuries before. But when it came to getting down off one's high horse of generalities and putting one's shoulder to the problem of particular phenomena of nature and dealing with specific facts and beliefs and traditions and errors, Francis Bacon was as help¬ less as Pliny had been in antiquity or as any one else was in the early seventeenth century. The best that one can say for him is that he really tried. It must be admitted, however, that he was much cited and admired by many writers of his century, Mersenne being some¬ thing of an exception.
52 The next year he published a Dissertation on the True System of the World, in which the Copernican system is re¬ formed and the well nigh infinite circles of the Ptolemaic system, 58 40 According to de Backer and Sommervogel, I, 1821-22, citing p. 470, the book was printed at Lisbon in 1629. A Vatican MS cited by Mai, Scriptorum veterum nova collectio, IV (1831), ix, contains a compendium of the work, which was translated from Latin into Persian at Goa in 1624, and an Italian version of 1631.
A History of Magic and Experimental Science vol.7 by Lynn Thorndike