New Atlantis

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The New Atlantis is an unfinished 1627 utopian science fiction novel by early techno-optimist Francis Bacon. It envisions the author's ideal college dedicated to scientific and technological advancement of human capabilities, which inspired the creation of the Royal Society.[1][2][3]

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  1. "The New Atlantis". Simon & Schuster. "The New Atlantis is a utopian novel by Sir Francis Bacon. In this work, Bacon portrayed a vision of the future of human discovery and knowledge, expressing his aspirations and ideals for humankind. The novel depicts the creation of a utopian land where "generosity and enlightenment, dignity and splendor, piety and public spirit" are the commonly held qualities of the inhabitants of "Bensalem". The plan and organization of his ideal college, "Salomon's House" envisioned the modern research university in both applied and pure sciences."
  2. Schwartz, Daniel (2 March 2014). "Why Bacon's Utopia is not a Dystopia: Technological and Ethical Progress in The New Atlantis". Nighthawks Open Institutional Repository. University of North Georgia. "One of the unique Utopian visions put forth in the 17th century was that of Francis Bacon. His New Atlantis portrays a technological Utopia on the fictional island of Bensalem. Although Bensalem’s laws are just and its people generous, Bacon’s emphasis is on how the society is organized with an eye to technological progress."
  3. "Francis Bacon (1561-1626): New Atlantis". America and the Utopian Dream. Yale University. "Sir Francis Bacon. New Atlantis: A Worke Unfinished. London, 1627. [...] He believed that science and technology could be harnessed to benefit mankind. His utopian work, New Atlantis, describes a society centered on a specialist research institution called variously the College of the Six Day’s Works and Salomon’s House. This institution directly inspired the creation of the Royal Society in 1662. [...] It was a work of propaganda for a revolutionary view of the role of science in society; as Bacon wrote, 'the end of our foundation is the knowledge of Causes, and secret motions of things; and the enlarging bounds of the Human Empire, to the effecting of all things possible.' The heart of Bacon’s utopia is the single-minded, even ruthless, pursuit of scientific knowledge."