You will like to know, that less than forty years after Bacon's death a society called The Royal Society
But, if she was pleased with these, it contained something which would have delighted the Royal Society
much more; for if a fowl with three legs be so invaluable a curiosity, when perhaps time hath produced a thousand such, at what price shall we esteem a bird which so totally contradicts all the laws of animal oeconomy, as to contain a letter in its belly?
The reader will not be surprised, then, at the calmness with which the doctor received the applause that welcomed him in the Royal Society
He wants to be made a member of the Royal Society by taking ethnological notes.
Nine men out of ten would flee from a Royal Society soiree in extremity of boredom; but Creighton was the tenth, and at times his soul yearned for the crowded rooms in easy London where silver-haired, bald- headed gentlemen who know nothing of the Army move among spectroscopic experiments, the lesser plants of the frozen tundras, electric flight-measuring machines, and apparatus for slicing into fractional millimetres the left eye of the female mosquito.
Nobody venturing to dispute these positions, he proceeded to observe that the human hair was a great retainer of tobacco-smoke, and that the young gentlemen of Westminster and Eton, after eating vast quantities of apples to conceal any scent of cigars from their anxious friends, were usually detected in consequence of their heads possessing this remarkable property; when he concluded that if the Royal Society
would turn their attention to the circumstance, and endeavour to find in the resources of science a means of preventing such untoward revelations, they might indeed be looked upon as benefactors to mankind.
Very shortly after the Restoration the Royal Society
was founded for the promotion of research and scientific knowledge, and it was during this period that Sir Isaac Newton
One day, in 1721, Doctor Cotton Mather sat in his library reading a book that had been published by the Royal Society
Anyhow, the deputation of distinguished geologists and mineralogists from Paris and Berlin were there in the most magnificent and appropriate dress, for there are no men who like wearing their decorations so much as the men of science--as anybody knows who has ever been to a soiree of the Royal Society
Galton, as every one knows, investigated visual imagery, and found that education tends to kill it: the Fellows of the Royal Society
turned out to have much less of it than their wives.
But the real mischief began when Brennan sprang his gyroscopic mono-rail car upon the Royal Society
Hardly less curious and imaginative were the early volumes of the Transactions of the Royal Society
, in which the members, knowing little of the limits of natural possibility, were continually recording wonders or proposing methods whereby wonders might be wrought.