Francis Bacon was an English philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist and author. After his death, he remained extremely influential through his works, especially as philosophical advocate and practitioner of the scientific method during the scientific revolution. The historian William Dixon wrote “Bacon's influence in modern world is so great that every man who rides in a train, sends a telegram, follows a steam plough, sits in an easy chair, crosses the channel or the Atlantic, eats a good dinner, enjoys a beautiful garden, or undergoes a painless surgical operation, owes him something.”
“New Atlantis” is an incomplete utopian novel, published in 1627. In this work Bacon demonstrated a vision of the future of human discovery and knowledge, expressing his aspirations and ideals for humankind. The novel depicts a mythical island, Bensalem, which is discovered by the crew of a European ship after they are lost in the Pacific Ocean somewhere west of Peru. It is an accessible and adventurous story for modern day readers, and, at the same time, it is an unusual way to view history from a prospective of one of the most outstanding philosophers of the world!