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The Invisible College: The Royal Society, Freemasonry and the Birth of Modern Science Paperback – 6 Jan 2003
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A rollicking yarn of Restoration politicking, which is possibly useful even if one is immune to grander conspiriology (Guardian)
The extraordinary story of the masonic society which gave birth to modern notions of scienceSee all Product description
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All in all I found this a really good read and it made me think very hard about how Freemasonry has contributed to modern science.
The change in attitude which led to Newton sweeping away astrology as a respectable academic subject would not have happened without the formation and success of the Royal Society.
I enjoyed the book immensely. And many of my Masonic brethren, with whom I have discussed it, said they were surprised just how much Sir Robert Moray contributed to early Freemasonry. He turns out to be a far more interesting and far-sighted visionary than astrologer Elias Ashmole.
.I am surprised though that the author does nottry to place his theme in more of a european context.The Rosicrucian furore also touched Britain but has no mention.Neither does the influence of Comenius .
It is interesting to know for sure that Freemasonry was key to bringing these people together about whom the book tells us,but not what difference their rites and rituals made tio their activity.I got the distinct feeling that the book's apparent candour was actually less than candid in many respects.It was almost a kind of subtle advertisement fot freemasonry and its ''scientific''importance but in this it failed ,at least for this reader.