Thomas Sprat 1635–1713
Sprat became Bishop of Rochester, and published verse and a life of the poet Cowley; but he is best remembered for his History of the Royal Society (1667), the embodiment of modern experimental science, to which such writers as Aubrey, Cowley and Dryden also belonged. The first extract describes the Society’s stylistic reforms; the second, the imaginative excitement of discovery.
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