The Foreign Quarterly Review Volume 22-23

The Foreign Quarterly Review Volume 22-23

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1839 edition. Excerpt: ... is said to have invented glass in England in the seventh cfiml-"'Y i and the Arabians at the beginning into Spain. from that of the eighth introduced chemistry, general knowledge of Europe during the Crusades; and soon after these expeditions almost every one of its nations became filled with searchers after the philosopher's stone. One of the earliest known practisers of chemistry in Europe, and assuredly the most distinguished writer on the science of his day, was that redoubtable hero of our childhood's favourite romance-the mighty magician of the old writers-whose name is now recalled to our recollection chiefly with the association of the wonderful bra-zen head. Roger Bacon was a Cordelier friar. He was born near Ilchester in Somerset, in the year 1214; and studied at Oxford, and afterwards at Paris. In perusing his writings we are struck at the same time with the exactness of his knowledge and its universality, and with a depth of thought scarcely credible considering the time when he wrote. Hf! was acquainted with the mechanics of his day, and his notions on physics are par-ticularly clear; in short, making due al-lowance for his alchemical bias, we are as-tonished at the frequent precision of his views, many of which his illustrious name-sake and successor did not hesitate at ap-propriating without any acknowledgment._ The association of the idea of magic with chemistry at this dark period of liistoryi is attributable to their origin and union in the Eastern world; but the notion must have been wonderfully strengthened by the my-aleflvus and hyperbolical statements of the early fol-lowers of the art. Credulous themselves. they naturally deceived others. _N01' 15 Roger Bacon free from this more

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