Francis Bacon Gallery



New World

Don Quixote

Tudor Dynasty


The English Renaissance lasted from about 1580 to 1626, and produced some of the world's most outstanding literature. At the core of this output was Sir Francis Bacon, a prodigious writer and philosopher. By opening the rational world to the creative mind, Bacon set the foundations upon which modern society has been built. In his major work, The Advancement of Learning, Bacon proposed the Novum Organum, a "new tool" for the rational mind: inductive reasoning. Better-known today as the scientific method, inductive reasoning replaced the syllogistic simplicity of Aristotelian deductive reasoning with the creative act of hypothesis and experiment. Consider Bacon's statement:

"If a man will begin with certainties,
he will end in doubts;
but if he will be content to begin with doubts,
he will end in certainties."

Dissent in Renaissance England was a risky proposition, so Bacon used pen names to disguise his more provocative works. This precaution, while reasonable at the time, has led to great confusion today. Bacon's plays have been credited to William Shakespeare, an illiterate person. No proof has ever been brought forth which demonstrates that he had written anything with his own hand,whether it be a play, a sonnet or even a letter. But this is not suprising once you understand the master game plan.

This presentation reviews the life and works of Francis Bacon through five galleries of images while introducing Bacon's writings, philosophy, and political yearnings. The final gallery contains a potentially explosive revelation -- that Sir Francis Bacon may have been the unacknowledged son of Queen Elizabeth.

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 - Sir Francis Bacon's New Advancement of Learning